In order to further expand access to knowledge regarding 1000 day nutrition at community level, particularly remote communities, the INCA project has established 40 Women’s Information Centers (WIC). The centres are designed as one-stop service centers that enable women in remote areas to access a variety of health and nutrition services. This helps women improve family nutrition and healthcare whilst, at the same time, they receive support to develop more income generating activities. The WIC acts as hub for providing Govt. satellite based health and nutrition services like EPI, ANC, PNC and family planning. WIC also provides center based nutrition and health education and growth monitoring and promotion (GMP). Each center is owned and managed by 4-5 local women entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs receive training on basic nutrition (specific and sensitive), income generating and other support to establish their own centre which offers a variety of health and nutrition services among 1,000 households in the vicinity; each center is different, depending on the demand in the community and the skills and preference of the entrepreneurs. Services mostly offered are:
Nutrition and Preventive healthcare, taking the role of community nutrition support groups in remote areas offering counseling, nutrition education support, referring pregnant and lactating women, children and adolescent to targeted community based government health facilities, through establish effective linkage. The WIC also facilitates to install tippy tap near the latrine and kitchen. “Tippy tap” are simple devices that serve as a convenient access point for water and a visual reminder to wash one’s hands at crucial times.
Agriculture and home industries, providing training, access to inputs and access to markets for nutrition sensitive agriculture and agro processing by producer groups and small and medium enterprises. WIC also promotes homestead gardening, poultry rearing, fish culture through demonstration, sharing context specific innovative technologies with a view to fulfill the family nutrition requirement and additional income. Entrepreneurs who manage the centres work at women producer group level and coordinate closely with government health staff, government agricultural extension and livestock officers and the private sector. Their role will be sustainable beyond the lifespan of the project.
IT and communication services, such as demonstration of health and nutrition video documentary and TVCs, mobile banking, email and internet, information of health nutrition, agriculture and livestock services, market and courier services;