Increasing the intake of proteins and micronutrients ( focussing on Iron, Calcium, Vitamin B group, and proteins) in the urban slum dwellers of Azadpur.
Project Sampurna was begun with the vision of improving people's health in low income areas by aiding them through a nutritious diet. The Government of India has identified Malnutrition as a major barrier in the progress of the country. Being the underlying cause of various deficiency diseases including anaemia which ails close to half the population of the country, and hampering the growth and development of millions of children, it stays one of the major problems faced by the countries across the globe today.
Our team conducted surveys across various slums in Delhi and zeroed in on the Azadpur Slum in North Delhi for conducting our Pilot. Our community consists of 1100 families originally belonging to Eastern UP and Bihar. We conducted an extensive survey, lasting for three months, in various forms and methods including Gamification, Household Survey, 24 Hour Recall etc. Through this we aimed to study their eating patterns,financial conditions and psychology, subsequently identifying their exact needs. The insights that we drew from our survey helped us reach our problem statement- Increasing the intake of proteins and micronutrients ( focussing on Iron, Calcium, Vitamin B group, and proteins) in the urban slum dwellers of Azadpur.
With the technical support from GAIN and Professors from IIT Delhi we analysed our observations and identified two major channels of intervention listed below:
We found that the concept of breakfast as a whole is missing in the region . They consume local snacks namely matthi and fan, both made of refined wheat flour (maida) in the morning along with chai. We believe breakfast is a very important meal and needs to be incorporated in their diet without overall hampering their schedule. We are therefore looking for nutritious, affordable, convenient breakfast options that could suffice their nutritional requirements.
We observed that people in the area depend on packaged snacks and street food for munching in the evening. As per our research the street snacks such as momos, chowmein, fries etc. are very common among both the children and adults mainly due to the taste it provides. Packaged snacks such as chips and chocolates are very affordable and therefore bought by almost everyone in the area. We are working with experts from the industry including Dr Deepti Gulati from GAIN, Prof Suneeta Chandorkar and Prof Vanisha Nambiar from Maharaja Sayaji Rao University, amongst others. With their constant support and our community's enthusiastic participation towards our efforts we hope to soon provide our community with some nutritious, affordable and convenient options to improve their diet.