From April 2010 to November 2010 almost 700 families in Shivaji Nagar lost a total of 18 children, all aged less than 5 years, according to a news report.
Therefore, on 30th January 2019 Apnalaya organised a convergence meeting between Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) and
Municipal Corporaion of Greater Mumbai (MCGM), and came up with a set of recommendations on sustainable solution for malnutrition which we presented to the commission.
The meeting was held after the the Maharashtra State Human Rights Commission (MSHRC) filed a suo moto case naming the MCGM as respondents. Apnalaya was asked to appear before the commission as our data on malnutrition was taken into cognizance. The MSHRC had then requested us (as experts in the field) to work closely with the ICDS and MCGM to come up with recommendation
It was an insightful discussion and many recommendations were put forth.
ICDS proposed that 84 Anganwadi centres or more should be sanctioned. In the meantime they stated that there are a few areas in Shivajinagar that were vacant and could be used as Anganwadi centres – mandals, residents groups, balwadis should all be converted into Anganwadi centres. They also suggested that the number of Child Development Project Officer’s (CDPO) and supervisors should increase and the CDPO office should shift from Belapur to Shivaji Nagar.
BMC suggested that all maternity homes and BMC hospitals should open a Nutrition Rehabilitation Center (NRC), they also agreed that there’s a need to strengthen the health structure, make the health post a shift dispensary. They stated that the Lotus Colony Health Post will be upgraded, it will be made an Urban Primary Health Centre October (UPHC)and the Baiganwadi has a new dispensary now. They also claimed that the drainage system will get connected to the roads within two years.
Apnalaya has planned to meet more BMC staff to carry this forward.