- Social Innovation Fellowship
We, Divya Bhatia and Shyam Desai, plan to spend the summer of 2013 eliminating anemia in the state of Gujarat, India through our project "Health Scouts Program in Gujarat: Fighting Anemia through the Indian School System." Our first objective is to select students as Health Scouts from schools in the three major cities of Gujarat - Ahmedabad, Baroda, and Surat - and train them to hold anemia awareness workshops in their own schools. Then, Health Scout teams of each school will together reach out to ten other schools in the community and hold workshops there. Our second objective is to provide an iron-rich snack for school children that contains their required daily value of iron. This snack, produced by the anemia-combatting nonprofit organization Let's Be Well Red (LBWR) and called the GudNeSs bar, will be produced on a large scale and implemented in schools in the three cities to make them available to students on a daily basis. The desired outcomes of the Health Scout program and the GudNeSs bar are to increase awareness about anemia and its preventability, and to ensure that children receive their daily required value of iron to combat the onset of anemia from an early age.