Health and Nutrition for Tribals of Sanjay Gandhi National Park and Vikramgadh Tehsil of Palghar District

Case Study

Kavita, a resident of Chunapada, Sanjay Gandhi National Park, with a 5-year-old son, Pratik, is a member of the Sahyog Project. At one and a half years old, Pratik was identified as severely underweight (SUW) through growth monitoring

To support her son, Kavita joined the Sahyog team as she wanted to understand her son’s malnutrition better and help her son normalize again.

She started attending classes on nutrition demonstration where she understood the importance of various food groups. Earlier she thought being economically disadvantaged, she did not have the resources for providing good nutrition for her son. Attending the demonstration classes helped her to understand that she could provide good and nutritious food for her son, within her limited budget and resources.

Kavita, along with learning about nutrition, was also informed about the need for proper sanitation practices that were – required to reap the full benefits of a balanced and nutritious diet. As a result of Kavita’s interest in her son’s well-being and the support received from the Sahyog team, Pratik, today, is a normal child with good health.

Kavita is an active member of the Community Based Monitoring Committee and inspires other women in her community, who have malnourished children, to take up the challenge to help their children gain back their health.

I am very thankful to Sahyog as they gave me knowledge on Health, Nutrition, Sanitation and Hygiene. It helped me to change my lifestyle to be healthy even with limited resources.

Program Outreach and Strategies

  • 22 hamlets of tribals in Sanjay Gandhi National Park of Borivali and Aarey Colony
  • 35 villages of Vikramgadh Tehsil of Palghar District (Mobile Nutrition Clinic)
  • Marginalised tribals, specifically pregnant women, lactating mothers, children 0-5 years and adolescents
  • Community and pregnant & lactating women
  • Service providers
  • •For better service delivery
  • Improving access for the hard to reach population of Palghar district
  • Care across the health and nutrition spectrum
  • Health education and Counselling
  • Treatment for malnutrition
  • Case Referrals and Follow-up
  • Behavior Change Communication
  • Formation of Community Wellness Group

Program Impact

Malnourished children identified and supported for weight gain


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