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Research Projects/Studies Completed Year 2014-2015


Assessment of Early Childhood Care and Education Component under ICDS in Two Blocks of North 24 Parganas and Malda Districts: A Study of ECCD Status in West Bengal

Agency: Save the Children, West Bengal

Team: Veena Nair Sarkar, Suman Chakraborty, Saheli Manish Kumar

The study involves assessment of ECCD related activities under the ICDS scheme. It has been carried out in two blocks of West Bengal, viz., Haroa block of North 24 Parganas district, and English Bazar block of Malda district. The study used a combination of management and social science research to document the status of the provisioning and functioning of the anganwadi centres, infrastructural facilities available at these centres, quality of services delivered to the beneficiaries, and capacity of the anganwadi workers in delivering the mandated six schedules with a focus on the components of ECCD. It also assessed the accessibility and the extent of utilization of the services of the anganwadi centres, and analysed the problems therein.


Rapid Assessment of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition (MACHAN) Project

Agency: Child in Need Institute (CINI), Kolkata

Team: Manasee Mishra, Saheli Manish Kumar, Suman Chakraborty, Arnab Mandal

MACHAN is a collaborative project between CINI and ChildHope, U.K to improve maternal and child health and nutrition in identified areas of West Bengal. Financial support for the project is received from the Global Poverty Action Fund of UKAID. The Rapid Assessment of MACHAN project had been carried out with the dual purpose of a) assessing change in the knowledge and practice among the mothers and caregivers on the project interventions and b) identifying the operational constraints of the project and providing recommendations for improving its performance. The study used a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods to realize its objectives. An anthropometric measurement of children under the age of two years was carried out.


Assessment of Knowledge and Perceptions of Multi Drug Resistant (MDR) TB Patients on DOTS Plus Treatment in Two Districts of West Bengal

Agency:  CARE West Bengal

Team:  Amlan Datta, Saheli Manish Kumar, Suman Chakraborty

India is home to the highest number of tuberculosis and multi drug resistant (MDR) TB patients. MDR TB treatment is lengthy, difficult and painful. There is low adherence to, and completion of the treatment. The data for 2013 showed only 48% treatment completion rate in India. CARE West Bengal was entrusted by Eli Lily Foundation with a project on Treatment Adherence and Follow-up of Multi Drug Resistant (MDR) TB patients in West Bengal in 2012 for seven districts of the state. The project envisaged to support RNTCP to reduce morbidity and mortality due to MDR TB. The proposed study ‘Assessing Knowledge and Perceptions of Multi Drug Resistant (MDR) TB Patients on DOTS Plus Treatment’ was undertaken in the two districts of Bardhaman and Howrah in West Bengal to understand the knowledge of MDR TB patients undergoing treatment of the disease and its management.


Baseline Study of ‘Enhancing the Sustainable Farming Initiative through Gender and Nutrition (EnSIGN)’ Project

Agency: CARE Lucknow

Team: Manasee Mishra, Arnab Mandal, Saheli Manish Kumar, Suman Chakraborty

EnSIGN project is an intervention project of CARE in Kotulpur block of Bankura district of West Bengal. In this project, CARE works with 500 small holder potato growers’ households who are part of a corporate supply chain. EnSIGN seeks to improve women’s empowerment and nutritional status by a conscious and multi pronged engagement with women as its primary project participants. It does so by seeking to improve women’s participation in the workforce through skills and resources, their negotiation in the household, improved access to food resources, and improved dietary intake. It also works with other stakeholders, including boys and men, to sensitise them on gender issues and improve the socio- political context impacting women’s lived experience. The baseline study of EnSIGN Project has two-fold objectives: a) it provides benchmark figures of project progress, enabling comparison of key indicators as the project progresses on ground. b) the findings of the baseline study inform project strategies and identify thrust areas and issues that need to be focussed on during the implementation of EnSIGN project.


Baseline Study and Development of MIS Framework for Ujjain

Agency:  Child in Need Institute (CINI), Kolkata

Team: Manasee Mishra, Saheli Manish Kumar, Suman Chakraborty, Arnab Mandal

‘Ujjain: Empowerment of Adolescent Females and Males for Improving Reproductive and Social Health’ is a community based project to advance reproductive and social health of adolescents. It seeks to improve the status of adolescents in a holistic manner. Financial support for Ujjain is offered by National Mission for Empowerment of Women, Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India. The project is implemented by Child in Need Institute in select areas of Murshidabad district of West Bengal. IIHMR University carried out the baseline study of the project. It also developed the MIS framework and the monitoring formats for the project.