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The PANCHEEEL Project’s Steps to Intervention Development

The PANChSHEEEL (Participatory Approach for Nutrition in Children: Strengthening Health, Education, Environment and Engineering Linkage) project got its name and celebrated its first birthday. Since this milestone, the five-phase study has taken its first steps to the fourth phase: designing an intervention to support optimal Infant and Young Child Feeding practices for children aged 6 to 24 months in Rural India. The thought process behind the PANChSHEEEL intervention design was first informed by a review conducted by the UCL Institute of Education, assessing policy and evidence relating to undernutrition in India and across the globe. This consisted of a scoping review mapping existing programmes and policies across India and Rajasthan, alongside an umbrella review of interventions to either reduce infections or directly improve infant and young child feeding across 103 countries. This review also identified several factors impacting observed outcomes in reviewed interventions. Further to this policy review, our team’s data collection activities between January and May 2018 crossed the interdisciplinary “HEEE” domains of Health, Education, Environment and Engineering, generating quantitative, qualitative and engineering data to inform our intervention development.
As detailed in our last newsletter, the delivery of quantitative Household and Time-Use Surveys across 450 households, qualitative Focus Group Discussions and Key Informant Interviews, and Transect Walks were all vital to inform an emergent model for PANChSHEEEL.

As detailed in our last newsletter, the delivery of quantitative Household and Time-Use Surveys across 450 households, qualitative Focus Group Discussions and Key Informant Interviews, and Transect Walks were all vital to inform an emergent model for PANChSHEEEL.