Nation-building through Eradicating Malnutrition (NEM) Program has provided variation to the contemporary credit program. The program is an integrated innovative effort to ensure overall development of the target families including their food-nutrition, healthiness and financial well-being. The program provides inclusive financial services, technical support and overall support in market management for the sustainable development of agriculture-fisheries-livestock and other income generating activities with a view to ensuring the best alternative use of assets, capacities and opportunities at both family and individual level. Different income diversification related planning are implemented with the identification of family-based nutrition level, financial condition, nutrition and income sources.
SSS started to implement Nation-building through Eradicating Malnutrition (NEM) program experimentally from 2012 in Dainna union of Tangail Sadar Upazila. SSS presently implements the program under six branches in eight unions of Tangail Sadar Upazila. The program runs solely under the concept, planning and funding of SSS.
Goal and Policy
The main goal of Nation-building through Eradicating Malnutrition (NEM) Program is to make the whole nation nourished by alleviating malnutrition. All family members in the working area are the target people of the program. SSS has been implementing the program under following objectives and policies:
♦ Ensuring overall development by making the best alternative use of assets, capacities and opportunities;
♦ Producing poison-free food in organic methods;
♦ Making people habituated to balanced diet intake and alleviating malnutrition related health problems;
♦ Adopting both curative and preventive measures for diseases;
♦ Creating employment by financial and technical support and ultimately alleviating poverty;
♦ Increasing the production of quality food, meeting family demands and creating extra-income opportunities;
♦ Increasing nutrition related awareness and alleviating gender discrimination in food intake;
♦ Making group members conscious of natural disaster management and rehabilitating disaster-stricken families.
A number of important activities are being implemented under Nation-building through Eradicating Malnutrition (NEM) Program. The main implemented activities of the program are: identifying nutrition-level of the target families and providing treatment, organizing nutrition meetings, arranging nutrition camps and medical camps, examining and identifying blood groups, inspiring members to produce nutritious foods and providing financial support, distributing high-yielding, medicinal and fruit plants, distributing high-bred hens, providing financial and technical support to establish vegetable and fruit gardens and livestock farms, technology transfer for the organic and genuine-way food production etc.
Review of Result and Achievements
As on 30 June 2017, a total of 50,211 families were included in the program. The target people are 2,24,142. During 2016-17, nutrition-level of 288 children were identified. Among them, 98 children were suffering from chronic malnutrition, 68 from malnutrition, 81 children were suffering from partial malnutrition and 41 children were at normal nutrition level. The children suffering from malnutrition received proper treatment and their families were made conscious about the same. During the reporting period, 48 nutrition workshops and meetings were arranged.
During 2016-17, 515 people were provided with free vegetable plants, 265 people with fruit plants, 61 people with lemon plants, 91 with high-bred hens and 87 people were provided with free pheromone traps. 3,388 people received financial and technical support to establish fruit and vegetable gardens, 81 for vermi-compost and 1,941 people for livestock rearing and farming.
During 2016-17, the program arranged 68 livestock vaccination camps, 101 medical camps and 92 special camps. Blood groups of 498 people were identified and 1,597 people went through different blood related tests.
In the last year, two batches of training were arranged on primary healthcare and nutrition. Four medical assistants and 27 community health volunteers participated in those trainings.