Under the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) program, Anganwadis centres across India serve nutritious meals to children up to the age of 6 years and to expectant and nursing mothers. With the Anganwadis closed, the delivery of these meals had completely halted. Due to the ongoing pandemic and economic crisis, women and children of daily wagers and informal workers have been facing a greater risk of starvation and malnutrition, which is eventually leading to mortality and morbidity.
UNICEF warned in its report that a staggering, 1.2 million additional children under five could die in just six months in low and middle-income countries due to reduction in routine health services coverage and increase in child wasting (severe malnutrition).
Keeping this in mind Glenmark Foundation partnered with Rise Infinity Foundation under the Jeevan Rath- Relief-on-Wheels initiative by Maha PECONet and UNICEF, an alliance of Partners, Enterprises, Citizen volunteers, and individuals who are working as ONE to fight the pandemic and provide relief to migrant workers.
Under this initiative 2,000 customized ration kits consisting of highly nutritious items such as Ragi, Chole Chana, Roasted plain Chana, Black Beans, Rajma and Eggs were distributed to pregnant women and lactating mothers with children below 5 years within Mumbai. This was done in coordination with local Anganwadis’ Sevikas.