Maharashtra state has some of the worst nutritional indicators in India, with around a fifth of all children under five suffering from stunting because of malnutrition. There are many factors, which contribute to the situation: including challenges relating the nutritional status of women, poor reproductive health, insufficient pre- and post-natal care, low birth weight, lack of awareness about the importance of breastfeeding, poor hygiene, inadequate sanitation facilities and unsafe drinking water.
Action Against Hunger is present in 3 regions of Maharashtra; Govandi in Mumbai, Mokhada in Palghar and Dharni in Amravati.
Mumbai, the capital city of Maharashtra is home to millions of people living in various slum pockets. Typically characterized by poor access to clean water, lack of food and proper nutrition and poor health and hygiene, children in most Mumbai slums suffer from malnutrition.
Palghar district of Maharashtra is dominated by a high tribal population and lies between the two major cities of Mumbai and Nashik. It consists of 7 talukas Vada, Vikramgad, Jawhar, Mokhada, Dahanu, Talasari and Vasai-Virar. Mokhada is the smallest and most backward tribal block of Palghar district.
The prevalence of malnutrition in India is among the highest in the world. Millions of children and women suffer from one or more forms of malnutrition including low birth weight, wasting, stunting, underweight, Vitamin A deficiencies, iodine deficiency disorders and anaemia.