Adopt a pregnant mother from an urban slum

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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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Program Description

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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About The NGO

Foundation for Mother and Child Health
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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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Ngo Founder
Founded in 1991
NGO Leadership

Piya Mukherjee

Area of Operation
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Nutrition | women

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Maharashtra

Foundation for Mother and Child Health has

directly supported 1552 women and children with quality healthcare

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Last Audited by GiveIndia

December 2018

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Program Updates

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-Date390
Village/City/State where project is locatedThane-Bhiwandi-Nizampur, Maharashtra Pin Code- 421302
Total Budget for the project for FY18-195830671
Total Expenses for the project YTD3931259

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