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Working for and with Urban Slum residents to improve their health and nutrition status


Period: 2019-2022

Location: Vasna Ward of Ahmedabad City

The National Urban Health Mission (NUHM)  initiated as the Sub Mission of the National Health Mission envisages to meet health care needs of the urban population with the focus on urban poor, by making available to them essential primary health care services and reducing their out of pocket expenses for treatment. This will be achieved by strengthening the existing health care service delivery system, targeting the people living in slums and converging with various schemes relating to wider determinants of health like drinking water, sanitation, school education, etc.

CHETNA has been awarded this project by HDB Financial Services limited to support the Government’s initiative.

Goal: To make health and nutrition information and services accessible to women, children and adolescents of urban slum community.

Specific objectives:

Improve household knowledge, care-giving and care-seeking decision-making skills related to improve maternal and child health and prevent, through the adoption and practice of positive health behaviors.

To create awareness about nutrition, health, hygiene and sanitation concerned to child, adolescents and women among community people.

To increase communities’ access of public health and nutrition services

  • To ensure regular and complete immunization of children
  • To ensure early registration of pregnant women, antenatal and post-natal care
  • To improve increase in access to nutrition and health services of pregnant women, lactating mothers and children. children and adolescent girls.


  • Mass Awareness activities
  • Training of Frontline Workers
  • Observe Health and Nutrition days
  • Recipe demonstration to mothers of undernourished children
  • Tracking of health and nutrition status of children from birth to five years of age, pregnant women, adolescent girls.
  • Dialogues with Urban Health Centres for service strengthening

Expected Results:

  • Increased in initiation of breastfeeding within one hour and exclusive breastfeeding up to 25%
  • Increase in number of children fully immunized up to 30%
  • Increased in complementary feeding for infants and children up to  25%
  • Increase in weight of undernourished children