There is a clear demarcation between social classes in India and nowhere is it more evident than in the nutritional landscape. Amway India’s ‘Power of 5’ program, launched in 2018 revealed that in India every second underprivileged child below five years of age could be affected by malnutrition.
Amway launched its globally successful community-based program ‘Power of 5’ as a pilot in India in collaboration with MAMTA Health Institute for Mother and Child. The program was targeted at the mothers and caregivers of children under the age of 5 years and aimed to improve the nutritional knowledge and practices inclusive of complementary feeding, hygiene practices, growth monitoring and dietary diversity through extensive educational interventions.
In its pilot phase, the program was launched in Kirari, an urban slum and resettlement colony of North West Delhi. Over 9700 children were surveyed under the age of five years and come across that most of the children were grappling with huge nutritional gap with 17% children wasted, 31% underweight and 46% stunted. Out of 9700 children, 1700 were wasted and were identified for further monitoring through the entire course of the program. The results at the end of the campaign were startling and at the same time encouraging highlighting that number of children in the Wasted category dropped from 1700 to 328 (79% drop), in the Underweight category dropped from 1236 to 455 (44% drop) and in the Stunted category dropped from 750 to 484 (14% drop).
Anshu Budhraja, CEO, Amway India, says, “The malnutrition scenario in our country is in a precarious situation with 31% of the total 150.8 million stunted children in the world and half of all 'wasted' children across the globe.. At Amway India, we are committed to use our vast global experience in nutrition and wellness to contribute to the Government of India’s National Nutrition Mission to raise the nutrition levels in the country.”
“Our community-based nutritional education intervention to mother also shows that a simple, yet extensive outreach is the way to improve the nutritional status of under-five children. The first-year result of the ‘Power of 5’ campaign is quite promising, and we intend to take this program forward on a much larger scale ultimately making an impact in the lives of as many mothers and children as possible. While continuing to do community work in the identified area of nutrition, we have plans to replicate the same in other states across the country.” Budhraja, added.
Aligned with the Government of India’s National Nutrition Mission, the ‘Power of 5’ program benefitted 10000 children under-five and over 30,000 mothers and caregivers by offering holistic solutions to create awareness and implementing educational interventions. ASHA workers, ANM and Anganwadi workers were sensitized to drive the behavior change among the parents and communities by establishing synergies for timely and inclusive service deliveries to the identified beneficiaries. The program also significantly improved infant breastfeeding practices, vaccination coverage, Vitamin A dosage and deworming coverage.
Dr. Sunil Mehra, Executive Director, MAMTA-HIMC says, “Malnutrition in children under 5 years of age is one of the biggest challenges to child health and development in our country resulting in almost 50% of child mortality. We are very happy to partner with Amway India to launch their globally successful program that addresses malnutrition, wasting and stunting in an urban-poor location for a cohort of 10,000 children. And it is encouraging to note that in the first year of intervention the program has shown a significant shift in the nutritional status of these children besides strengthening knowledge and feeding practices of the parents.”