Explain your idea in details:
Problem: Educating communities about proper nutrition is very essential as lack of adequate information about it is leading to high malnutrition among children, especially in underdeveloped countries. Almost 45% of child death in the world are associated with malnutrition.Solution: Nutribeads bracelet is a cost effective tool to educate mothers about the nutritional requirement of the child in the first 2 years of childs life. Primary Target Group: Pregnant mothers and mothers of under 2 year old childrenGoal: To reduce malnutrition among children by educating mothers about appropriate child feeding practices during the 1st two years of a child's life. Objectives:1. To increase the knowledge of mothers about proper child feeding practices during the first two years of a child's life2. To develop positive attitude in the mothers and her family members to adopt healthy feeding practices Activities:1. Identification of implementation partner, target area and users2. Partner with local handicraft for production of the Nutribeads bracelet3. Train local youth to mobilize them in providing nutrition counseling to the mothers4. Provide nutrition information and the nutribeads bracelet to the mothers in support of the trained youthInnovative approaches:Nutribeads is an appropriate technology makes the learning fun and easy. The bracelet also has a cultural value, especially for women. This bracelet is understandable for both literate and illiterate mothers. Since the mothers can wear it on her wrist, it helps in remembering vital nutrition information. Besides an education tool, Nutribeads can also be a way for economic empowerment of the mothers. Teaching mothers to make a nutribeads bracelet on their own can help them in income generation. When the mothers are aware as well as economically sound, they can help in uplifting nutrition status of entire family.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
The sustainable development goal 2 Zero Hunger, target 2.2 aims to end all forms of malnutrition by 2030, including achieving, by 2025, the internationally agreed targets on stunting (short for age) and wasting in children under 5 years of age. The mothers, especially in rural communities in Nepal are not informed about proper nutrition. Hence, they are adopting harmful feeding practices in the name of culture and tradition. Children are also not getting balanced diet even when the essential food are locally available. The first 2 years of child is recognized as the critical window for setting foundation for childs physical and mental development. So, the idea of Nutribeads contributes in achieving this SDG-2 by promoting breastfeeding and complementary feeding in first 2 years of childs life. Besides SDG 2, the idea also linked to SDG-5 Gender Equality that is related with enhancing use of enabling technology and empowering of women and girls. The nutribeads bracelet idea has the ability to scale as a social enterprise that combines education and innovation to address social issue. This idea also creates income opportunities by establishing a local business of beads production. It is also a platform for women and youths to become agents of change in their own communities.The success of this idea can be evaluated at two levels:The output level success will be measured by; -Number of mothers receiving nutribeads and information on proper feeding practices (80%)-Number of mothers sharing the information of nutri-beads with other women in the community (60%)-Number of trained mothers making the nutribeads (60%)The impact level success will be measured by; -Income generated by mothers by selling the nutribeads-Review of health facility records i.e. growth monitoring of children-Improved practice of breastfeeding and complementary feeding during the 2 years period
Plans for implementation and sustainability
The proposed idea will be implemented in following ways:1. Youth to mother: Young leaders in the communities will be trained and mobilized at the local health center to provide nutrition education and nutribeads to the mothers who visit the health center. In addition to Nutribeads, a Nutricard containing indicators of the color in Nutribeads will also be given to the mothers for reminder.2. Mother to mother: The mothers group in the communities will be oriented about the idea, who will then educate other mothers in the community. These mothers will also be trained for production of nutribeads bracelet to generate employment opportunities and flourish local business.Nutribeads is a cost effective solution made by the mothers and for the mothers to prevent malnutrition through innovation and education. The cost price for manufacturing single piece of bracelet at local handicraft is USD 0.50. The survey to assess the willingness of mothers to pay USD 0.50 for the bracelet was positive as 70% of the mothers in local community agreed to pay for it.Initially, self-investment of USD 500 will be done to begin idea implementation. Then, a toolkit/manual on the Nutribeads idea will be developed so that the idea is picked up by the NGOs to incorporate it in their programs related to nutrition, women empowerment. The Nutribeads will be manufactured and sold at subsidized rate at the government health center whereas the beads will be sold with higher profit margin at private hospitals as the people there will have greater purchasing capacity. Fund raising and grant opportunities will also be utilized for idea sustainability.Nutribeads is very simple and modifiable idea that is developed on the basis of Unicef nutrition guidelines with scope to expand its social impact by replicating it in other location as well.
I am a 25 year old youth from Kathmandu, Nepal with a drive to make social change. My passion to contribute in health and well-being of people has got me involved in various health related programs and campaigns since past 3 years. My desire for work in this sector grew as a public health student when I witnessed the bitter realities of poverty, malnutrition and infectious diseases among marginalized people in rural parts of Nepal. The devastating earthquake in Nepal in 2015 was another eye opener for me as many children lost their lives due to diseases associated with poor health and nutrition at that time. My empathetic nature and communication skills have always made me want to reach out to people, while my creative mind constantly explores ideas to combine my knowledge and skill to address the complex challenges in a simple and innovative way. On November 2016, I won the HLM3 Youth Innovation Challenge, an international competition for youths in the Asia Pacific Region hosted by the Malaysian Government and Unicef. This helped me kickstart my individual journey as a youth changemaker. All my learning and experiences became a positive force for me to form a network of youth called the Social Changemakers and Innovators. As a team leader of this network, I and my team of 20 volunteers have been working in the area of health and nutrition.I am one of those privileged young girl, who has had opportunities to receive quality education, proper nutrition and health care to attain my full potential as a healthy youth. A lot of children, adolescents and mothers are still compromising their health to improper nutrition. So, I aspire to make a difference in the lives of these women and children and help usher in that change, which the world needs.