Cini Community Initiatives

24 Parganas, Bengaluru, Karnataka

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Basic Information

Nature of BusinessService Provider
Company CEOSunil Sahoo
Legal Status of FirmLimited Company (Ltd./Pvt.Ltd.)
Annual TurnoverRs. 10 - 25 Crore

Statutory Profile

CIN No.U85190WB2011NPL161063

About Us

CINI was founded in 1974 in Kolkata (former Calcutta), West Bengal, India. In the early 70’s, we started treating malnourished and ill children, whose numbers were rampant in villages and slums areas, with an aim to contrast high child mortality. Field research backed by medical practice, progressively revealed a fundamental truth about childhood malnutrition. Much before being a health problem, malnutrition is a social issue. Rooted in a myriad of social, economic and cultural causes, child malnutrition cannot be solved via a mere clinical solution. On the contrary, it requires a multi-pronged approach, where multi-disciplinary teams of doctors, nurses, nutritionists and social scientists work along with key caregivers, mainly mothers and other women, to address the determinants of child malnutrition, disease and death.

CINI sought to improve mother and child health by tackling the vicious cycle of malnutrition and infection to address its root causes, such as poverty, powerlessness, low status of women, illiteracy, and inadequate health and sanitation practices. In a historical climate leading to the development of the Primary Health Care Movement, we mobilised women to improve the health conditions of their communities. Locally trained child health workers reached out to underserved communities to promote immunisation, exclusive breastfeeding, early care of illnesses, and raise awareness on appropriate feeding and care practices, including growth monitoring and promotion. Training and capacity building, especially of community mobilisers and frontline workers, grew into a prime focus of CINI, which set up its training facility for health and development workers, CINI Chetana Training Centre, in the late ’70s. Prevention of malnutrition and promotion of community health, through the progressive creation of mahila mandals (women’s groups) as a vehicle for local development, has remained a major thrust of our programme activities throughout our history till the present day.

Work in health and nutrition was carried out not only in our project areas but also in emergency settings. Starting from that time onward, we became involved in relief work. We intervened in Cambodian Refugee Camps in Thailand treating malnutrition in children and among the cyclone-affected population of the Sunderbans providing food and shelter in the ’70s; among earthquake-hit population of Bhuj in Gujarat in 1991; among victims of communal violence in Tangra, Kolkata, building houses and creating education and community development centres to bring about communal harmony in the early 2000; among fishermen communities in the 2004 tsunami affected coastal area of Southern India and Sri Lanka; and among victims of the 2005 Kashmir earthquake. Regular relief work has been carried out in flood-prone areas of West Bengal. We also did relief work during the Nepal Earthquake in 2015.

Learning from field experience was supported in parallel by research activities. In the early 80s, we initiated collaborative research projects establishing partnerships with the Indian Council of Medical Research, the Nutrition Foundation of India, the National Institute of Nutrition, and the International Development Research Centre, Canada.

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