Community Nutrition Project (Jiri, Dolakha District)

 

Background

In 2015, Nepal was struck by a devastating earthquake and aftershocks that claimed the lives of nearly 9,000 Nepalis. In the immediate aftermath, NPCS was engaged in providing emergency food parcels to almost 1800 families in the districts of Lalitpur and Dolakha.

Following the earthquake relief work, NPCS was asked by community leaders to run a longer-term project in Jiri, a municipality in Dolakha District. In 2018, NPCS began working with municipal health authorities focusing on four rural townships. A baseline nutrition survey by NPCS showed nutrition related problems in that area. The aim of this project is to improve the nutrition of vulnerable women and children in the area.

This project is funded by CMS Ireland and Global Health, UMC, USA.

Project activities

Some of our project activities include:

 

  • Specialised counselling and regular follow ups at home for pregnant women and new mothers 
  • Providing training for government health volunteers and local women’s groups
  • Regular growth monitoring for under-5 children and follow ups with malnourished kids
  • Explaining basic concepts of food, nutrition and a balanced diet
  • Teaching people how to grow, cook and prepare easily available local foods
  • Training teachers and supporting school children and adolescent girls in healthy eating habits
  • Helping small groups of women to produce ‘superflour’ (a nutritious weaning food) for sale to local families and for distribution to needy children
  • Running model vegetable gardens at selected schools to target the increasing levels of junk food consumption
  • Contributing to local public radio programmes, community celebrations and exhibitions to promote good nutrition and local foods
  • Promoting good hygiene by providing handwashing facilities at community events, and distributing chlorine drops for drinking water purification in people’s homes