Poshan Nutrition
Laying the Foundation
for Combating Malnutrition in India

Knowledge in the hands of those who need it most!

Poshan | Nutrition

Knowledge in the hands of those who need it most.

Status of women, the care of pregnant mothers and children under two,
breastfeeding and the importance of balanced nutrition and health.

Maternal Nutrition
Early Initiation
Exclusive Breastfeeding
Complementary Foods

4 Videos in 12 Indian Languages


Nutrition Knowledge
for you and your child

Simple practices
Learn the Key Messages

Health and Nutrition knowledge in your hands.

The Poshan program is conducted under the aegis of Indian Academy of Pediatrics, in partnership with the Ministry of Women and Child Development, HealthPhone™, UNICEF and with support from Vodafone.

       Largest ever Maternal Education Program to Battle Malnutrition using Mobile Phones       



Poshan

Today, nearly every second child in India is a victim of malnutrition. It means they are physically and mentally weak due to which they are targets to many ailments, deformities, disabilities and allergies affecting normal growth mentally and physically.

Poshan is a unique programme that leverages the increasing penetration of mobile phones in the country to educate over 6 million girls and women between 13 and 35 years of age and their families on better health and nutrition practices by 2018.

The Poshan videos address issues of status of women, the care of pregnant women and children under two, breastfeeding and the importance of balanced diet, health and simple changes in nutritional care practices that can notably enhance nutrition levels.

The four Poshan videos are hosted on a dedicated WAP page iaphealthphone.org and accessible to all Vodafone India subscribers on their mobile phones.

Bharat Sarkar dwara pesh kiye gaye 4 videos dekhein nishulk aur paye 10 rupay ka recharge muft! Click karein: iaphealthphone.org

Vodafone India subscribers can also give a missed call on 1 800 120 8989 (toll-free) to receive a link to the WAP page via SMS.

Our first partner for offline distribution through MicroSD cards is DSM.

Poshan Videos



Chaar Baatein


Maternal Nutrition
Maternal Nutrition

Expecting mothers should get the correct diet and quarter portions more than usual.



Early Initiation
Early Initiation

Mother's first milk is the best, don't throw it away and make sure the child gets it.



Exclusive Breastfeeding
Exclusive Breastfeeding

For the first six months the child should only be fed mother's milk and nothing else, not even water.



Complementary Foods
Complementary Foods

When the child enters the seventh month, balance mother's milk with a nutritious diversified diet.



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The Power of Knowledgeable Mothers

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Maternal Nutrition Early Initiation Exclusive Breastfeeding Complementary Foods
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75% of new mothers are anaemic and need to put on weight

75% of new mothers are anaemic

75% of new mothers are anaemic and most put on less weight during pregnancy than they should. This leads to unhealthy foetal growth, low birth weight and non-genetic congenital abnormalities in babies.


Colostrum prepares the baby's digestive system

Colostrum prepares the baby's digestive system

Colostrum is essential because it prepares the baby's digestive system for the mature milk that the baby will receive in the next few days. Colostrum is rich in nutrients such as zinc, calcium and vitamins.


Exclusive breastfeeding protects from diarrhoea

Exclusive breastfeeding protects from diarrhoea

Exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months reduces infant mortality due to protection from common childhood illnesses such as diarrhoea or pneumonia, and helps for a quicker recovery during illness.


Why Mobile Phones?

Mobile Phones have become ubiquitous and are the only direct content delivery device that everyone has access to.

Allows repeated use/exposure – Watching, pausing, rewinding of videos allows for message comprehension

Enables Privacy – Cultural issues that lead to shyness of girls and women are overcome, enables mother to daughter transfer of high quality knowledge and teenage girls are covered

Bypass complex governance structures and provide unfiltered knowledge directly.

Knowledge is the Enemy of Disease

Educating Mothers

Follow simple practices and prevent the vast majority of maternal & child mortality and malnutrition

Knowledge in Their Hands

Women have no health and nutrition handbook or reference guide

Early Breastfeeding

Only 1 in 4 babies born in India is put to the breast within the first hour after birth

Low-weight Mothers

Leads to unhealthy foetal growth, low birth weight and non-genetic congenital abnormalities in babies.

Colostrum is Essential

Rich in nutrients; zinc, calcium and vitamins

Exclusive Breastfeeding

For 6 months - Protection from common childhood illnesses

Complementary Feeding

From the seventh month breast milk is no longer enough to meet the nutritional needs of the infant.


 

About Poshan

The Poshan program is conducted under the aegis of Indian Academy of Pediatrics, in partnership with the Ministry of Women and Child Development, HealthPhone™, UNICEF and with support from Vodafone.

The objective of this nationwide campaign against malnutrition is to address issues of status of women, the care of pregnant mothers and children under two, breastfeeding and the importance of balanced nutrition and health. The focus is on women between 13 and 35 years of age and their family members.


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