HEALTH & NUTRITION

We are addressing the grave issue of malnutrition through Pregnant mothers as well as children from 0-6 years of age are addressed through a contact program which educates the mothers about healthy cooking, parenting and healthcare for themselves and their children.

The children found to be malnourished are put on a rigorous nutritional diet duly supplemented by vitamins and micro-nutrients to ensure that they grow to their fullest potential. We invite you to come forth and help shape a healthy and disease free generation.

 

Donate to our program and sponsor the treatment along with the upkeep of malnourished children, or choose to volunteer at our malnourishment camps.


OUR IMPACT

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    HEALTH & AWARENESS

    We engage the broader community through health education, awareness campaigns, health fairs and dental camps. We teach children in ZP school directly about healthy eating. Our aim is to raise the standard of nutrition across the entire community.


    An ENT, Ophthalmic, dental assessment and treatment camp were held in July and December addressing 17,016 beneficiaries and Medical Aid to 72 patients suffering from critical illnesses.


    We have also reached out to 11,995 people through awareness session in the community about Water borne diseases, Breast cancer awareness, harmful effects of tobacco, importance of de-worming. AIDS awareness rally along with a street play demonstrating the reason of AIDS and precautions to be taken.


    We have also educated and assessed 771 children on physical & behavioral changes during adolescence, communicable diseases and precautions to be taken and first aid education at Remand home at Tilaknagar, Cannosa Girls hostel and Anand Vihar - home for destitute children.


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    TREATING CRITICAL ILLNESS
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    MATERNAL HEALTH

    A dedicated team of doctors, nurses, nutritionist and field officers ensure that pregnant mothers have healthy pregnancies and the children are born healthy. Proper nutrition during the first thousand days of a child’s life, from conception until their second birthday is the key factor in ensuring that they survive and reach their potential. The team is responsible for delivering both preventive and treatment programmes. Our team follows an evidence based “Essential Nutrition Action” (ENA) as per global standards.


    The 7 ENAs include :-
    1. Nutrition counselling during pregnancy.
    2. Counselling on importance on intake of iodized salt. (To prevent mental retardation).
    3. Importance of prenatal vitamins and iron to pregnant mothers.
    4. Importance of exclusive breastfeeding.
    5. Importance of variety of nutrient dense complementary food from 6 months onwards and good hygiene practices.
    6. Empowering mothers to take care of minor illnesses (e.g.: Curing diarrhoea with ORS and zinc)
    7. Management of acute malnutrition (through RUTF)

    By building relationships with the community in order to implement the core program, we have achieved excellent results. Monitoring and evaluation activities through the collection of timely, relevant, accessible, high-quality information is ensured. As a part of better parenting lesson we demonstrate proper feeding practices and cooking demonstration to display various food recipes to address nutrient deficiency.


    Healthcare and child development with a focus on prevention and education is a cost effective tools to make a lasting impact. We replicate our model by reaching out in partnership with other NGOs, communities, hospitals and like-minded organizations.


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    REDUCED CHILD MORTALITY

    Our approach to the subject has taken a whole new perspective. Whilst working in the community and primarily firefighting Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) and Moderately Acute Malnutrition (MAM) children which is Acute malnutrition, we realized that a greater focus on two aspects was not being given as much impetuous as is warranted, mainly :-


    1. Chronic Malnutrition: It is like slow poisoning. Slowly over a period of a few months the child is malnourished due to Type II nutrients (which are growth promoting micronutrients). The deficiency of these can cause huge physical & mental defects like stunting and poor cognitive development which can seriously handicap the child for a lifetime.
    2. Future prevention of Malnutrition: Educating communities and especially girls from the age of 10 years (adolescence) in the subject of nutrition is a key to future generation’s not falling prey to this deficiency. Intervention in community with women at all stages of life will prevent malnutrition. When women who are of an age to bear children are adequately empowered with knowledge about good nutrition & well being it leads a to healthy pregnancy and thus a healthy baby. We believe prevention of deficiency through education and training programs will be more effective than curing it in the future.
    3. In addition to malnutrition prevention & eradication, we conduct programs emphasizing disease control and prevention activities, education to improve domestic child-care and feeding practices like one on one nutritional counseling, cooking demos, home visits and micronutrient supplementation, street plays aimed at informing, training and empowering our communities on early child developmental awareness. Activities are targeted towards the most vulnerable age groups (children under 6, mainly under 3 and pregnant & lactating women), while Supplementary feeding activities are better targeted towards those who need it most, and growth-monitoring activities are performed with greater regularity, with an emphasis on using this process to help parents understand how to improve their children’s health and nutrition.
    4. SMDT helps to prevent and treat malnutrition directly, at the grass-roots level, and by the “training of trainers”. This approach allows us to reach many more families. Many of those in our communities do not understand the importance of a varied diet, exclusive breastfeeding, avoidance of junk food, handwashing and other basic learning to promote good health. Education in these matters can make a huge difference, especially during the first 1000 days of a child’s life (from conception until two years).
 

ERADICATION OF MALNUTRITION

TRAINING THE TRAINERS

SUCCESS STORY