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To Assess the Implementation of Services of Child Development and Nutrition Center (CDNC)


  • Zari Bala Karoul
  • Agency : CDNC, Child Development and Nutrition Center, Malnourishment, Nutrition, MTC, Malnourishment Treatment Center
  • Objective : To assess effectiveness of Child Development and Nutrition Center (CDNC) in Chikali and Vansda block of Navsari district from Jan 2010 to April 2010. As the main objective behind establishing CDNC was to reduce malnutrition and increase awareness in community about healthy feeding practices. Therefore the specific objectives of the study are: a) To assess the status and quality of services provided at the CDNC, b) To see level of improvement in nutritional status of SMC admitted at CDNC, c) To assess the level of awareness among mothers having child of 7 months to 5 years about the services provided at CDNC and healthy feeding practices.
  • Background : Not Available
  • Methodology : The study area was the villages of chikhali and Vansda Block, under which 12 villages were selected for the household survey. The 10 village meetings and both CDNC were attended held during the course of study in this area. The study population was the women having child of 7 months to 5 years. In addition to this the service providers like CDNC staff, ANM etc. were also interviewed.
  • Findings : The quality of services provided are good at the CDNC, however the Village meeting lacks proper coordination, and absence of majority of staff worsen the condition. No IEC materials are used. The SMC shows improvement in weight during his stay in CDNC. Most of women are aware about services given at CDNC and healthy feeding practices.
  • Recommendations : Proper IEC should be done before village meeting. IEC material like pamphlets in local language needs to be distributed 2 days before conducting the village meeting. The availability of staff should be complete on the village meeting. Timings for the village meeting should be finalized after the discussion with the village team and should be decided according to the work timings of the women in that village. Only one AWC should be covered at a time, this would ensure maximum attendance and appropriate size of batch for one village meeting.
To assess effectiveness of Child Development and Nutrition Center (CDNC) in Chikali and Vansda