Government of Karnataka Project: BMI Programme Review

The Social Endeavour Group, TAPMI undertook a project to review the existing BMI programme being implemented by the district administration. This project aimed at evaluating the BMI programme by identifying the perception of the various stakeholders involved in it. The primary research involved 8 volunteers from TAPMI (T.A. PAI Management Institute) covering 3 Taluks (Karkala, Udupi and Kudapura) to interact with about 30 beneficiaries, 6 ASHA workers and 6 Medical Officers involved in the programme.

The findings highlighted that most of the beneficiaries under BMI<18 belonged to BPL families, and valued the programme offerings. Overall, the beneficiaries and their families were satisfied with the BMI programme and seemed to have understood the importance of nutritious food. Aiding the programme with supporting facilities to ASHA workers and improved individualized dietary plans for the pregnant women with low BMI would increase the reach and effectiveness.

A review report with the above findings was generated to highlight the efficiency of the current system, along with throwing light on the areas of concern, and was successfully submitted to the district administration.