Swachchh Gaon - Swastha Parivar
Health is a major issue in Jhabua. Jhabua has the highest mortality rate in children under five in the world. Families often have to take a loan from informal sources for medical conditions. They get entrapped in a vicious debt cycle. ‘Swachchh Gaon - Swastha Parivar’ is an initiative under women leadership, the 'mother of the house' to take on various dimensions of health - ranging from medication to nutrition.
To cope with the nutritional deficiency, the villagers identified a set of 15 fruiting plants which they can grow in their in-house garden. The bundle consists of Mango, Neem, Jamun, Papaya, Lemon, Meetha Neem, Moringa, Tulasi, Jaam(Guava), Shehtoot(Mulberry), Seetaphal (Custard apple), Amla, Belpatra, Chiku and Giloy. The tribal families adopt the saplings and grow them like their children.
This program enters the fifth and consecutively since 2018; this year, 1500 families will adopt the set of saplings.
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Shivganga revived ‘Matavan’ tradition wherein protected area trees are not only planted but also taken care till they are mature. As of now 110 Matawan has been created having 110000 trees in 1300 villages.
After consecutive meetings in villages, the Shivganga team listed 20 potential sites for forest revival. After rainfall during June and July, the community will organise Halma and gathers for digging pits and plantations under the supervision of the Gram Engineers. The villagers identified 29 trees which they can grow in Matavan. The bundle consists of Karanj, Rosewood, Amaltas, Sevan, Acacia, Bahera, Mahua, Peepal, Banyan, Kheerni, Khejra, Renjada, Semal, Neem, Moulshree, Teak, Mahogany, Bamboo, Amla, Mango, Tendu, Khair, Dhavda, Labeda, Khakra, Charoli, Plum and Arjun.