Adopt a pregnant mother from an urban slum by Foundation for Mother and Child Health

Adopt a pregnant mother from an urban slum

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This program is fully funded because of donors like you.


Every monthly donation helps more women like Sufiya with nutrition

Sufiya Ansari (name changed), 30, belongs to Gafur basti in Bhiwandi. Apart from her three children, Sufiya has had two miscarriages and two of her children have died during delivery. With limited financial resources, she finds it difficult to take care of herself and her children.

FMCH conducted her first antenatal check-up. It indicated a very low hemoglobin count and low BP, and she was identfied as a 'High-Risk'. FMCH worked closely with Sufiya and her husband, explaining the medical reports, sharing information about the condition that Sufiya had and answering questions related to options for treatment.

Sufiya and her family and the FMCH team now eagerly await the delivery of a healthy child.


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FMCH has been implementing the Urban Nutrition Initiative at Bhiwandi since 2015. This program ensures that women and children who fall into the category of ‘First 1000 Days’ are linked with their local ICDS (Integrated Child Development Scheme) center, and able to access services.

The services include regular growth monitoring, availability of trusted, accurate information and support from the very first day of detection of pregnancy till the child completes two years of age. Through this program, FMCH works closely with the ICDS system, strengthening the frontline workers towards better implementation of essential nutrition actions as defined by WHO. This includes early registration of pregnancy, complete antenatal care, exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months, adequate and timely complementary feeding from 7 months, ORS treatment during diarrhea and Vitamin A & Iodine supplementation

When you donate to this program, a needy pregnant woman will receive care through her pregnancy till her child is two years old.

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Foundation for Mother and Child Health

FMCH is a grassroots organization that focuses on bringing good health and nutrition intervention for women and children in vulnerable communities of Mumbai. Their programs encourage preventive health, balanced nutrition and child development practices in underprivileged communities. To this effect, they have adopted a holistic approach to embrace, educate and empower mothers and children in their social environment.

The FMCH Training Center was launched with the objective of developing a cadre of professionals across Maharashtra and eventually the entire country, that is equipped with the right knowledge and best practices in order to impact a larger community. Urban Nutrition Initiative and Project Poshan are nutrition-specific interventions where FMCH works closely with the families and communities at large to promote good health, hygiene, and nutrition practices.

The programs initiated by FMCH impact close to 927 pregnant and lactating mothers annually. They dream of a world where the potential of each child is not limited by poor early health or malnutrition

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Founded in 1991
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Piya Mukherjee

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Nutrition | women

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Foundation for Mother and Child Health has

directly supported 1552 women and children with quality healthcare

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December 2018

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23 March, 2021

One on one counselling support to mothers, and conduct community based mass awareness sessions to prevent malnutrition amongst the low-income communities of urban slums.



We, at FMCH support communities by conducting the below-mentioned activities. FMCH, have provided nutrition support and counselling support to vulnerable families, especially pregnant and lactating mothers and children below 2 yrs. From September, we started our operation in the field by taking care of all COVID safety measures. During this period, we majorly conducted the below-mentioned activities.

  1. Growth Monitoring: Regular growth monitoring to assess physical development of children under age two. This was done until the lockdown was announced. Education Sessions:
  2. Pregnancy Club Sessions: Provide tools to women to ensure a healthy baby is born and she is able to maintain a robust breastfeeding relationship with their new-born
  3. Nutrition Counselling: Counselling is provided to the parents on right information on nutrition and health for their children and for themselves
  4. Education Talks: Education talks are held every quarter on various topics of health, hygiene and nutrition to create awareness among the families

5.Referrals: FMCH referred SAM children to the Nutrition Rehabilitation Centre (NRC) in the hospital and referred MAM children to the Dietician and simultaneously follow-ups with the mothers. 6. Food distribution in the community We have reached 2257 families for our program and we did total 1952 follows up called to the beneficiaries. In the duration, we have been able to identify 56 SAM children.

5 August, 2020

Importance of Nutrition for a pregant women.


Importance of Nutrition for a pregant women.

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FMCH has been implementing the Urban Nutrition Initiative at Bhiwandi since 2015. This program ensures that women and children who fall into the category of ‘First 1000 Days’ are linked with their local ICDS (Integrated Child Development Scheme) center, and able to access services. Community Nutrition Initiative (CNI), Bhiwandi has been designed to address the issue of malnutrition and poor maternal and child health in the Bhiwandi area by working in partnership with the ICDS (Integrated Child Development Services). The initiative provides an opportunity to reach an underserved population where the burden of malnutrition is high. FMCH shares its knowledge and approach with existing systems so that the best practices will be adapted by the Government for long-term change. As a part of the project, we are working with 213 ICDS (Pop 213,000) and adjacent Health Posts for capacity building and ensuring all services are availed by the local population. FMCH has 2257 registered beneficiaries out of which 467 are pregnant mothers, 506 are lactating mothers and 1294 are children in the age between 7-24 months. FMCH conducted nutrition courses and formed pregnancy clubs in the communities inspite of the National Register of Citizens issues that was prevailing in the community .

Case Story of Alisha*: (Name changed) FMCH field officer met Alisha, who was 7 months old and weighed 6 kgs. The mother was concerned about Alisha as she wasn’t taking any complementary food her mother was feeding her and even when she consumed, she ate very little. FMCH field officer immediately started counselling the mother and she gave her some simple low cost recipes and counselled her as to what to eat and also counselled her on the importance of hygiene. After continuous follow-ups and counselling sessions, the child was eating well, and in 3 months time, the child gained 10 kgs. The mother promised that she wouldn’t be giving any junk food to the child and she even attended all the nutrition course sessions in the aanganwadi. Today, both the mother and the child are living a healthy life.

19 November, 2019

Health camps and nutrition week celebrations


Health camps and nutrition week celebrations

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22 July, 2019


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Program Update

The Community based maternal and child health care for 1000 Days’ Initiative implemented in Bhiwandi, Thane is an extension of the Urban Nutrition Initiative FMCH. FMCH launched this initiative with aim to reach 1,40,000 people through the network of 140 ICDS centres in the Thane-Bhiwandi-Nizampur area.
The program focuses to provide hand holding support to women and children along with their family members. CareNX innovations are technical partners to provide its proven mobile based health care solution CareMother to help the pregnant women to receive right care at the right time.

Screening and connecting 500 pregnant/lactating mothers and 500 children under age 2 with the local ICDS Centres who are typically outside the scope of the ICDS model ensuring timely registration for essential health and nutrition services.
The regular monthly growth monitoring activity was conducted in every ICDS center to monitor children who are progressing on the ideal growth curve and the caregivers are compliant by Aaganwadi Worker (AWW) at Aanganwadi Center (AWC) Additionally, the project anticipates covering about 250 expected mothers and 250 neonates during the remaining project period. Through the duration of this project the FMCH team not only identified but also ensured trusted and correct health and nutrition information reaches the mother through the ICDS. This is a preventive initiative that depends heavily on innovative education modules and a very strong monitoring system.

Story from the field

Healthy mums with healthy babies are what we strive for. Savitha share that, if it wasn’t for CareMother program called Adopt a mother, I would have never known I had low iron content in my blood and it can cause serious complications during delivery.

The recent Global Nutrition Report of 2018 presented a grim picture of India’s nutrition status, especially for children. According to this report, one third of the world’s stunted children and largest number of wasted children live in India. It also presented with the fact that every second pregnant woman and every second child under age 5 in our country are anaemic. If we examine the status specifically for Thane district, as per the 4th National Family Health Survey, only 46% of women ever received complete ante-natal care. Close to 32% children under age five were reported to be stunted and 26% children under age five were reportedly found wasted. Every second pregnant woman and child under age five were found to be anaemic in the district as well. And finally, a mere 10% children were reported to have received adequate diet.
The poor nutrition status of women and children in India is costing the country as much as 2.5% of the GDP. This burden can be reduced if effective community-based interventions are implemented successfully. However, such interventions cannot and should not be implemented by independent agencies in silo. Instead, interventions need to be designed and implemented through partnership with existing Government systems to ensure a strong system is built to cater to the needs of the population, thus achieving long-term sustainability while addressing the immediate need to act.

Beneficiary Profile Name: Savitha (Name Changed) Age: 24 years Location: Bhiwandi, Mumbai Occupation: Maid Husband Occupation: Daily wage laborer Parity: 3 Gravida: 2

Progress: Savitha is one peculiar mother who is 24-year-old and had obstetric history with premature delivery and no living children. In the current pregnancy it was identified that the mother has small uterus and technically in high risk pregnancy due to low iron content. In this condition, she took effective additional follow-ups and she was given all information on healthy diet, immunization services and recommendations from doctor by the health worker. The tests conducted and regular monitoring of parameters and explanation to the family members gave moral strength to mother. This pregnancy she had full term delivery and undergone C-section and both mother and child were in healthy state.

Through regular Ante-Natal Check-Ups with Early identification and intervention on high risk pregnancies for to provide ante-natal checks at doorstep for pregnant women, The CareMother Kit consists of a blood pressure machine, a diabetes detection kit and a foetal heart monitor among other things as well as the software that automatically uploads every reading and sends relevant reports to the implementer as well as the local physician who has been brought on board for this project. The FMCH team members, who are trained to use this kit, visited to Savitha’s house and start with the check-ups. Savitha test results are outside the ‘normal’ parameters as defined by the protocols. Our CO immediately referred her to the nearest physician. But the engagement does not end here. The FMCH team also ensures that the Savitha has visited the doctor and continues to do so if needed.

Savitha was regular in FMCH Pregnancy Club group sessions. This is a monthly activity, where Savitha sign up and go through a module that has been developed by experts of maternal health. The sessions always include a piece on relaxation, Q&A and danger signs along with a specific topic of discussion. The Pregnancy Club is considered a safe space where along with information; women also have space to share their concerns, issues and doubts. Also, Savitha connected to support group where she has an opportunity to interact with other mothers, who can be pregnant for the first time or have had children already. FMCH team members who have received extensive training and follow the prescribed module facilitate these sessions.

What is the expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19? 1000
What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date 2000
Village/City/State where project is located Bhiwandi Nizampur, Thane, Maharashtra
Total Budget for the project for FY18-19 4927000
Total Expenses for the project YTD 4929192

23 May, 2019


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Program Update

The Community based maternal and child health care for 1000 Days’ Initiative is implemented at Bhiwandi which is an extension of the Urban Nutrition Initiative FMCH. FMCH launched this initiative with the goal of reaching 140 ICDS centers in the Thane-Bhiwandi-Nizampur area, connecting with over 140,000 people. The program aims to provide handholding support to women and children along with their family members. CareNX innovations will act as technical partners to provide its proven mobile based health care solution named as CareMother. This is a preventive initiative that depends heavily on innovative education modules and a very strong monitoring system. Foundation for Mother and Child Health Adopt a pregnant mother from an urban slum. In Bhiwandi, FMCH has gained credibility from community, Health and ICDS department. The trust FMCH has gained has helped the organization to plan its expansion in Bhiwandi district. UNI in Bhiwandi has always focused and achieved great convergence between ICDS and Health department. This has supported UNI in effective service delivery and great outcomes.Due to our efforts majority of pregnant women under our care received two TT injections, minimum 4 ANC check-ups. they also experienced 85% increase in early initiation of breastfeeding.We celebrated breastfeeding week in August 2018: Breastfeeding is a prime example of the deep connections between human health and nature’s ecosystems. Protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding is crucial for the health of our planet and its people through community talks and community evemnt we celebrate BF week. In September2018, we celebrate National Nutrition Month together to Spread the messages of Nutrition for a healthy India. The Nutrition Course, FMCH creation has been one of the most crucial components in Thane Bhiwandi FMCH community interventions. It was a validation for us when mothers from our community participated in the 2 rounds and in the final mystery box challenge at Thane Bhiwandi. The challenge was to put up nutritious meal from local low-cost nutritious sources available in the community. Helping

Story from the field

24 years old Urmila was pregnant for the first time. She met our Health Worker Sunita. After testing Urmila, Sunita realized that her weight is optimum but her hemoglobin (Hb) level is lower than normal. Sunita explained the family about her low Hb could cause complications later during delivery and she counseled about nutritional habits that could improve her Hb levels with the help of family support. On 16/8/2018 Sunita visited Urmila for her 2nd checkup. She tested her again and found out that her Hb was still low. She then decided to take Urmila to the Health Post doctor the next day. Health Post doctor asked Urmila to take calcium and Iron supplements regularly. Urmila felt much better after these medications. Her food intake increased and weakness reduced to a large extent. On the 3rd test, her Hb and weight showed a lot of improvement. The family continued to inform Sunita about her health status through phone. Urmila delivered a healthy baby weighing 3 kgs.

What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date 390
Village/City/State where project is located Thane-Bhiwandi-Nizampur, Maharashtra Pin Code- 421302
Total Budget for the project for FY18-19 5830671
Total Expenses for the project YTD 3931259