“As per the report, anaemia among pregnant and lactating women has reduced from 52% in 2021 to 38% in 2024. The survey was conducted with 1000 mothers in urban poor communities across Mumbai, highlighting improvement in the health status of mothers and children through the efforts of the NGO and the foundation…

Exclusive breastfeeding rates increased significantly from 59% in the initial survey conducted in 2021 to 74% in the subsequent evaluation in 2024. Additionally, the proportion of mothers practising appropriate initiation of complementary feeding has risen from 66% to 74% over the same period. Furthermore, immunisation coverage for vaccine-preventable diseases, a critical component of child well-being, has shown an increase from 78% to 87% over the assessment period.

The report says that this in turn has also led to a reduction in malnutrition among slum children aged 0-5 years. As per the findings, stunting among these children declined from 34% in 2021 to 30% in 2024. Underweight children showed a reduction from 32% in 2021 to 29% in 2024.”

From The Free Press Journal.