RACHNA Program 2001 – 2006. Summary of Approaches and Results

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The documentation on RACHNA program embarks on highlighting the details of the two main projects that endeavor to promote maternal and child health, and nutrition services. Integrated Nutrition and Health Project (INHP II) aims at sustaining the reduction in infant mortality and child malnutrition and the Chayan project supports the strengthening of family planning services in order to prevent sexually transmitted diseases.

Fastidious and meticulous efforts have been taken by the CARE-RACHNA program in the first phase to protect the lactating mothers, pregnant women and children less than three years of age.

It was designed to support a set of technical interventions covering antenatal care, neonatal care, nutrition and immunization that are integral to the national programs of Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) and Reproductive and Child Health (RCH).

Various aspects of pregnancy and childcare, such as clean child birth, adequate food supply to the pregnant mothers and increased diet supplement after giving birth to the child, improvement in nutrition levels, early and exclusive breast feeding, provision and availability of Anganwadi workers at the time of birth, adequate rest and check ups, immunization for children and all the hygiene factors that certify a clean bill of health.

Starting from 1996 to 2001, this RACHNA program of CARE India was supported by USAID and is now preparing for transition to its next phase starting 2007.

In the Chayan project the object was to train the men and women in choseing the number and timing of their children and protect themselves from RTI/STI and HIV infection through safe sex practices, thereby facilitating a conducive environment and educating on the choice of contraception, for protection from infection.

RACHNA supported strengthening the impact of national programs of the Ministry of Women and Child Development and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare using a mix of approaches like, capacity building and engaging partners at different levels.

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