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Help tribal girls overcome anaemia

Focus: Girl Child, Health

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ANAEMIA among teenagers, especially in girls is widespread with more than 70% of girls from poor tribal communities affected. Give IDEA Foundation the hand up they need to combat this dangerous health issue.

At 253million, India has the largest number of adolescents in the world. And that’s a good thing as it should translate into a young workforce making a positive contribution to the economy...as long as they have health on their side - and education.

IDEA already support the education of children and youth in extremely poor, rural and tribal communities. And securing their health is critical to the learning process.

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Anaemia has been called the ‘silent killer’. Studies suggest that India has the world’s highest prevalence of iron-deficient anaemia among women. Add to that the fact that 30% of girls are married off early, and at least 22% of them become mothers before even reaching adulthood, giving birth to underweight, at-risk babies. The statistics are even more grim for girls from tribal and slum communities.

Girls are put through blood tests to detect haemoglobin deficiency

To stop the generational cycle of anaemia in marginalised communities where poverty and discrimination adversely affect adolescent girls, a holistic health programme that includes both nutritional supplements and self-help awareness is crucial, particularly one that ensures young, pubescent girls privacy and confidentiality in a friendly manner.

If we want to stop the cycle of vertical transmission of malnutrition from mother to child, we must invest in girls during their adolescence…[to] enable them to reach their full potential, while ensuring a brighter future for the generations that follow.

Joel Spicer, President, Micronutrient Initiative, 2014

Adolescents can be key driving forces in building a future of dignity for all... For me, the acronym “SDG” also stands for 'Sustainable Development Generation,' and sustainability means engaging future generations today.

Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General, New York

For too long adolescents have been the forgotten community of the health and development agenda. We cannot afford to neglect them any longer.

Melinda Gates, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle, Washington

The Fundraiser is targeting to raise enough funds to enrol 100 underweight, anaemic girls to this programme. They will have a medical check-up at the start and at an interval of three to six months, depending on their health status, along with six awareness sessions on nutrition and healthy recipes throughout the year. Nutritional supplements will be provided to them all.

Health awareness programmes can help alleviate chronic conditions like anaemia
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