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CHARM

Cultural and Empowerment Organisation for Afghans (CEOA)
May 6, 2019
Centre for Health and Resource Management (CHARM)
Patna, Bihar

The 27th June 2015 saw the launch of SAVE’s Scottish Government funded (£17,000 per year for three years) project being run by the Centre for Health and Resource Management (CHARM). The project is called “Reducing Infant Mortality in slums of Patna through optimal feeding practices”.

The project is implementing ‘behaviour change communication strategy (BCC)’ to encourage mothers and caregivers of children under two years of age to follow optimal Infant and young child feeding (IYCF) practices. The focus is on:

1) Early initiation of breastfeeding within one hour of birth;

2) Exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months; and

3) Timely, adequate and appropriate introduction of complementary feeding at six months of age.

The project is being implemented four wards of Patna municipal area with the target of covering 2,000 mothers annually.
Key Achievements

• Early initiation of breast feeding has shown a substantial improvement and more than 60% of mothers have initiated breast feeding within mandated first hour of the birth of children .

• Exclusive breast feeding till the age of six month has been improved significantly and now 56% newborns are being exclusively breastfed.

• Age specific Complementary feeding is being practiced among 88% of children above six months of age

Bihar is the second poorest state in India with poor health indicators. About 55 percent of Bihar’s children under two years of age are underweight for their age, compared to the national average of 40 percent.

Grant (£17,000 per year for 3 years - from 2015)

Reducing Infant Mortality



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