Manav Sadhna aims to ensure the long-term health of the communities that they work with. In order to achieve this, Manav Sadhna runs various ‘health awareness programmes’ aimed specifically at the mothers. The mothers are taught the types of food they should be feeding their children and how they should be preparing the food. For example, they are taught to cook food in such a way that they do not lose nutritional content (eg not over boiling vegetables, using less oil etc….). They are also taught recipes which are tasty, nutritional and inexpensive. Pregnant women are taught to make regular visits to the doctor, eat appropriate food and take any necessary supplementary vitamins which can become depleted during pregnancy such as iron. Mothers are also taught basic hygiene skills, such as washing hands before and after eating, keeping nails trim and clean and eating certain foods with cutlery rather than with hands.
Seminars are also held specifically for adolescent girls who are free to ask any questions that they have and may not feel comfortable asking their own mothers. They are also given basic education on family planning, hygiene and healthy cooking. By providing this basic health awareness, it is hoped that the long term health of the community will be greatly improved and that they will learn good habits that can be passed on throughout the generations.