Improving Health and Nutrition with UNICEF in Assam
13 October 2012
2011 Twinings and
UNICEF launched a partnership to
improve the lives of 7.000
adolescent girls in
The initiative is being
implemented in 15 gardens in the Dibrugarh district of Assam, in
partnership with UNICEF and the Assam Branch of the India Tea
Association (ABITA). The project aims to significantly reducing the
prevalence of anaemia in adolescent girls and women by addressing
the underlying factors responsible for their poor nutrition
station, complemented by improved life skills education.
The majority of teenage
girls living in the tea communities of Assam are anaemic due to
poor diet. The state of Assam also has very high maternal and
infant mortality rates.
The project focuses on the
Distribution of Iron Folic Acid tablets to
adolescent girls, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers to
control and prevent anaemia.
Monthly Nutrition and Health Education sessions
covering the following topics: food hygiene, educational nutrition,
benefits of the different types of food, children rights, personal
hygiene, pre and post maternal health, advice on where and when to
seek medical help, etc.
Community kitchen gardens and cooking demonstrations
to promote food diversity
Empowerment of adolescent girls through Life Skills
Education such as problem solving, critical thinking, effective
communication, inter-personal relationship building,
self-awareness, empathy and coping skills
Advocacy with tea gardens management and the local
government to highlight the need to address anaemia prevention and
control in tea communities to make the approach
CASE STUDY: RINKI KUJUR'S STORY Read Now >
Rinki Kujur, is 17 years old, she lives on Khowang tea
estate in Assam, with her mother who works as a tea plucker on the
estate and her younger brother.
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