Akshaya Chaitanya is an initiative in Mumbai with the objective to eradicate hunger in a sustainable and scalable way. We have begun our service in the city with the Hospital Feeding Programme in partnership with BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) and DMER (Directorate of Medical Education & Research), Government of Maharashtra. Currently, we are serving nutritious lunch every day in three hospitals – St. George Hospital, Cama & Albless Hospital, and Gokuldas Tejpal Hospital.
Nearly 50,000 children in Mumbai are severely malnourished and nearly 2000 lose their life every year fighting hunger
>90% either do not have any medical insurance or any savings, making them vulnerable to unplanned medical expense1
Every 2nd child in Mumbai is wasted or stunted which means they either have a low height for their age or a low weight for their height
Majority works on daily wages and lose their livelihood during a health crisis in the family2
Mumbai’s public hospitals cater to nearly 1.5 million patients with such background. This coupled with inadequate infrastructure and manpower puts the onus on patient’s family member to provide care to the patient. Hospitalisation and medicine cost is a huge burden, more so for the sole breadwinners and daily wage earners. And, patient’s family chooses to spend on medicine and treatment over food for themselves. In turn, they either go hungry or eat cheap junk food.