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  project name ~ 2011 - JSS - Phulwari

category ~ Health Care and Family Planning




  Project Name


2011 - JSS - Phulwari



JSS (Jan Swasthya Sahyog)



Health Care and Family Planning







  Budget Approved


$ 12000


  Year Approved








  Chapter Coordinators


Saurabh Mittal
Sunita Mani












India is home to the largest number of malnourished children in the world; and also the highest proportion of malnourished children under six. Successive rounds of national surveys have not shown a significant improvement in the levels of malnutrition among young children in the country. The third NFHS survey in 2005-06 showed that 46% of children under 3 years of age are underweight (too thin for their age), nearly 20% are wasted (too thin for their height), 38% are stunted (too short for their age), and that malnutrition is the underlying cause for over 50% of the mortality in children under five. JSS runs crèches as part of its community program. These crèches provide day care to children between 6 months and 3 years of age, including supplementary nutrition, while also allowing parents to work, as well as allowing older siblings to go back to school. Their primary aim is to reduce the incidence and prevalence of malnutrition in this vulnerable age group.





-Number of children enrolled in the Phulwaris has increased to more than 1000 -In last few months, clear possibility of this being implemented in Bastar eg 120 villages are likely to adopt this as a government supported initiative and will be seeking technical help from JSS - Also possibility of Tata trust along with help of JSS and PHRN, planning to replicate this in 200 villages of CG, Bihar, Jharkhand





A Phulwari/crèche serves several functions: Provides a safe and stimulating environment for children between 6 months to 3 years of age, prevents malnutrition by improving their nutritional status, help older siblings who have dropped out of school for the care of the younger child, to return to school, and improves the health of mother by relieving her of breast feeding the child. At present there are 866 children in 58 creches in 30 villages. The goal is to increase the number of children to 1000 in the next year.



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