November 17, 2017

Government of Maharashtra and Tata Trusts Collaborate to Strengthening and Digitise ICDS in Palghar District

Mumbai: The Government of Maharashtra and Tata Trusts today announced a joint initiative on System Strengthening and Digitization of Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) in Palghar district. The project aims to tackle malnutrition by taking a systemic approach to further improve the coverage of ICDS services, as well as focussing on data for improving nutrition governance using ICT Common Application Software.

The actions include:

a. Making 100 Anganwadi centres (AWCs) model AWCs by refurbishing them

b. Partial refurbishment of the remaining 3,083 AWCs in the district for need-based equipment to further increase footfall

c. IDA-assisted ICDS Systems Strengthening and Nutrition Improvement Project (ISSNIP) through Incremental Learning Approach (ILA) training of all 3,183 Anganwadi workers in the district consisting of 15 modules Training according to GR released by the Government of Maharashtra for all Anganwadi workers, ANMs and ASHAs in the district

d. Behaviour Change Communication strategy to change the engagement of the community on various health and nutrition services

e. Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Systems Strengthening and Nutrition Improvement Program (ISSNIP) Real Time Monitoring using Common Application Softwear (CAS) to improve the data backed governance in a phased manner

Burzis S. Taraporevala, CFO and Company Secretary, Tata Trusts, said, “There is a high burden of undernourishment borne by vulnerable communities in rural areas with low access to healthcare, especially concerning malnutrition. Models like the one we are embarking on today will go a long way in promoting the use of technology to improve health indicators in the state's remotest corners. Tata Trusts are pleased to partner with the Government of Maharashtra in achieving this.”

Spanning a journey of 125 years, Tata Trusts has been committed to the field of public health by developing and supporting initiatives to address some of the nation’s most daunting health burdens. Tackling malnourishment is one of them. They work closely alongside partners and the government to catalyse the provision of healthcare services through holistic, multi-layered interventions.

About Tata Trusts:
Tata Trusts is amongst India’s oldest, non-sectarian philanthropic organisations that work in several areas of community development. Since its inception, Tata Trusts has played a pioneering role in transforming traditional ideas of philanthropy to make impactful sustainable change in the lives of the communities served.

Through direct implementation, co-partnership strategies and grant making, the Trusts support and drive innovation in the areas of education; healthcare and nutrition; rural livelihoods; natural resources management; enhancing civil society and governance and media, arts, crafts and culture. Tata Trusts continue to be guided by the principles of its Founder, Jamsetji Tata and through his vision of proactive philanthropy; the Trusts catalyse societal development while ensuring that initiatives and interventions have a contemporary relevance to the nation.

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