Integrated Child Development Schemes (ICDS)

Ramakrishna Mission Lokasiksha Parishad was perhaps the first non-governmental agency to start an ICDS Project in the metropolitan city of Kolkata. It is the slum development work undertaken by LSP at Burtala slum area of North Kolkata. The ICDS Project started in 1986. Initially the project started in 15 slum areas of North Kolkata covering 6 municipal words. Presently there are 118 Anganwadi Centres covering 18 municipal wards under Kolkata Municipal Corporation.

The basic objectives of Burtala ICDS are :

  1. To improve the nutritional and health status of the children of 6 months to 6 years of age.

  2. To initiate all-round development of the slum environment and foster basic education among the children.

  3. Capacity building of the mothers and the community to adequately handle physical and emotional health of the children.

All these interventions lower down child mortality and morbidity and thus diminishing the malnutrition among children and lower down the incidence of school drop-out.

To achieve the aforesaid goal, the following services are provided :

  1. Complete immunization against all preventable diseases.

  2. Regular health check-up of the children.

  3. Supplementary nutrition to pregnant and lactating mothers and children in 6 months to 6 years of age.

  4. Non-formal Pre-school education for 6 days in a week at the centre.

  5. Referral Services for Critically ill children.

  6. Early detection of childhood disability.

The project runs a separate medical unit with a Medical Officer and 4 ANWs. Regular health checkup of the children and pregnant and lactating mother is done regularly covering all the Anganwadi Centres. Such services are also provided to females between the age group of 10 to 19 yrs.

Through Sishu Sathi Prakalpa health check-up of all our child beneficiaries, out of school adolescent girls and pregnant and lactating mothers are done by medical officers of different boroughs of Kolkata Municipal Corporation.

'Sabala Programme' is run by the project for the empowerment of out of school adolescent girls (10 to 19 yrs.) through health and Nutrition Education, life skill education. 'Kishori Diwas' is observed once in three months.

Apart from early detection of handicapped children they are referred to proper plans for treatment and arrangements are made for availability of aids free of cost. A Special Education Unit is run at the project by a supervisor trained in special education for the mentally retarded children.

Severely malnourished children are screened out and they are referred to Nutrition Rehabilitation Centres through 'PARASH PROGRAMME' and they undergo indoor treatment and are now in normal nutritional status.



Ramakrishna Mission Lokasiksha Parishad of the Ramakrishna Mission Ashram, Narendrapur is one of the biggest rural development institution of Ramakrishna Mission, Belur Math, Howrah

Ramkrishna Mission Loksiksha Parishad
Ramkrishna Mission Ashram
Narendrapur, Kolkata - 700 103, WB, India

(A Branch Centre of Ramakrishna Mission
Belur Math, Howrah, West Bengal - 711202)

Phone : +91 33 24772207, 24770975
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