The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to saving lives and reducing the burden of disease in low-and middle-income countries, while strengthening the capabilities of governments and the private sector in those countries to create and sustain high-quality health systems that can succeed without our assistance. For more information, please visit: http://www.clintonhealthaccess.org
CHAI, in partnership with its India affiliate William J Clinton Foundation (WJCF), works in close partnership with and under the guidance of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) at the Central and States’ levels on an array of high priority initiatives aimed at improving health outcomes. Currently CHAI/WJCF works across projects to expand access to quality care and treatment for HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis-C, tuberculosis, cancer and immunization. Additionally , CHAI is also supporting the government of Madhya Pradesh (MP) on large-scale programs to arrest childhood and maternal mortality due to malnutrition, anaemia, diarrhoea and pneumonia, and helping increase access to quality Family Planning services.
Dietary Diversity in Nutrition Program
Since 2016 CHAI, with the support of the IKEA Foundation, has been working to reduce the prevalence of malnutrition amongst young children and anemia amongst women of reproductive age group in Madhya Pradesh. To that end, CHAI, under the leaderships of State Departments, has been implementing a comprehensive set of interventions to address supply and demand side challenges in public funded services. To illustrate, the GoMP has introduced a wholly nutritious complementary food for ~3 million children and ~ 2 million pregnant women and has accelerated the introduction of an improved iron folic acid (IFA) formulation with an assured delivery mechanism to every village
Availability and access to locally available food and diversity of the food basket is critical to the success of the program. Unfortunately, due to the low income levels (average monthly income INR 6,210 or USD 88) marginalised families find it difficult to consume a diverse diet; 41% of calorie intake of rural households in MP comes from non-cereals, with ~7% coming from fruits, vegetables, meat, eggs and fish. While approximately 55% of a household’s income in the state is dedicated to procuring food items, most communities consume a staple heavy diet as it is both easier and cheaper to access; this despite ~60% of the rural community in MP being agrarian with ~40-50% income from agricultural produce. Approximately 65% of farmers in the State fall in the small or marginalised category but only make about ~INR 37,260/year from core agricultural activities. Small farmers are unable to generate adequate and predictable income because of several compounding factors including inefficient market structures, unreliable quality of their produce, varying yield from their landholdings and low crop intensity which makes them heavily reliant on a single variety of crop.
As part of its program to address malnutrition, CHAI, under the guidance of the GoMP will explore comprehensive interventions that could be undertaken to improve diversity of food basket among the small and marginal segment of farmers. To that end, CHAI is looking for a Capacity Building Expert to work with different stakeholders, including different government departments, NGOs, and start-ups to implement the project on nutrition sensitive practices. The candidate is expected to design and deliver capacity building modules and BCC tools on nutrition sensitive practices (specifically focusing on promotion of dietary diversity) for a pool of master trainers and other MPSRLM staff. The ideal candidate would have rich experience in developing and delivering capacity building modules for government stakeholders in rural context. CHAI places great value on relevant personal qualities: resourcefulness, responsibility, tenacity, independence, energy, and work ethic.
 NSSO: Average monthly income per agricultural household during July 2012- June 2013
 NSSO 68th round: Nutritional intake in India, 2011-2012
 NSSO 60th round: Household consumer expenditure in India
 Agriculture Census, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, GOI, 2015-2016