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Save children the pain of hunger

Focus: Children and Youth, Social Exclusion, Health

6% Funded
MEDICS call them MAM or, moderately acute malnourished children – and there are too many of them in Madhya Pradesh. Help Jan Sahas save the lives of 100 such under-fives by providing timely nutrition.

In 2016 the National Human Rights Commission served notice on the MP government after 116 children died in five months of malnutrition – a condition with easily recognisable symptoms that can be cured.

In the tribal and Dalit districts of Khargone, Panna and Dewas, where the condition is highly prevalent, Jan Sahas will identify at-risk MAM children who can be given a food supplement and treated at home.

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We've raised Rs.12,606 - enough to treat six children :)

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WHY SAVING CHILDREN FROM HUNGER MATTERS

Worldwide almost half of all child deaths are from nutrition-related causes, hunger being one of them. Often called the ‘invisible problem’, chronic under nutrition affects almost half of India’s children. This makes them more prone to disease and undermines their physical and mental development, which in turn affects the future health and wealth of the nation. When malnutrition is predictable, preventable and treatable, why allow it to continue?

Children and mothers referred to government Nutrition Rehabilitation Centres
WHY IN MADHYA PRADESH

India’s largest state is also home to the most number of malnourished children in the country – and its prevalence is concentrated in the districts that Jan Sahas operate. Khargone, Dewas and Panna has a large population of poverty-stricken, socially excluded Dalits and tribals with malnutrition having become a part of their intergenerational cycle, passed on from mother to child.

Undernutrition undermines the survival, growth and development of children and women, and diminishes the strength and capacity of nations.

UNICEF India, 2015

Despite its status as an economic powerhouse, deadly malnutrition persists in a bewildering degree in India…[accounting] for 54% of all undernutrition-related child deaths worldwide.

Action Against Hunger, New York, USA

If I had one wish I can get rid of any disease, any health problem, I will pick nutrition. Malnutrition causes the greatest problem, not only for the kid who dies but the kid who survives, who never fully develops physically and mentally.

Bill Gates, NITI Aayog Lecture Series, November 2016
THE PLAN

To implement this project, Jan Sahas field staff will screen under-fives for their weight and height to identify MAM children. The success of this Fundraiser will pay to treat 100 such children. It will cover the costs of the raw material – wheat, groundnut and jaggery – and production of MyNutrimix, a powdered food supplement. Over the 90-day feeding programme, Jan Sahas will closely monitor and record the progress of the children.

MyNutrimix being prepared at a Jan Sahas Training Centre for malnourished children
IMPACT UPDATES
1kg in 12 days
by Jan Sahas
13 Sept. 2017
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Through the fundraiser, we managed to raise Rs12,600. The nutrition camp hosted 12 mothers and 10 MAM children, with the costs of 6 of the children being covered by the fundraiser.

The 12-day nutrition camp educated mothers about good practices with regards to malnourishment, breastfeeding and hygiene. We also showed mothers how to prepare healthy porridges with vegetables pulses, and rice. After 12 days of participating in the nutrition camp, the children gained between 20grams to 1kg.

The biggest transformation can be seen in 20-month-old Manju who was born underweight. Until the nutrition camp, her basic needs such as food, nutrition and sanitation, had gone unattended for the most part because of her family’s strained economic situation. After practising all her learnings from the nutrition camp, Manju’s mother managed to get Manju’s weight up from 7.6kg to 8.6kg!

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