Community based interventions -- Bihar, Jharkhand
The Dular strategy promotes home-based changes in parents' day-to-day care practices.
As part of the strategy, the anganwadi worker in every targeted village teams up with a small group of local resource people who are then given a basic training in nutrition, childcare and hygiene.
Once trained, the team visits pregnant women and mothers of newborns in their homes to educate them about safe delivery, breastfeeding, immunisation, and other essential care practices during pregnancy and early childhood. Since the team is made up of local people from the community, parents respond positively.
The strategy, currently being implemented in four districts each in Bihar and Jharkhand, has successfully improved infant feeding behaviour and reduced malnutrition.