Posted in Charity by Susie White, August 25, 2015
Providing children with healthier futures in India
In June 2015, we started co-funding an inspiring Action Against Hunger project in Rajasthan which is all about improving the nutrition of families – in particular children under 5 years of age. Despite its status as an economic powerhouse, India has the largest number of children suffering from life-threatening malnutrition in the world. In Rajasthan alone, one in every 15 children die before reaching the age of one. Our funding (your donations) is being used for a project in Kishanganj, a rural area in Baran, eastern Rajasthan, characterised by very poor living conditions, poor health and hygiene and a prevalence of severe malnutrition. Here Action Against Hunger explain a bit more about the project and why India.
India has the largest number of children suffering from life-threatening malnutrition in the world. A staggering eight million children under five years are at risk of life-threatening hunger.
“Often families do not view malnutrition as a disease,” explains Sandeep Dewal, from Action Against Hunger’s partner organisation CECOEDECON. ‘It sometimes is a long journey for us to help parents understand the devastating effects of malnutrition and the impact it can have on their children’s lives in the future.’
Action Against Hunger’s teams are working to help turn the tide of malnutrition in India by providing children with the nutrition they need to grow, develop and build their own futures.
“Often families do not view malnutrition as a disease. It sometimes is a long journey for us to help parents understand the devastating effects of malnutrition and the impact it can have on their children’s lives in the future.
Children like little Ramdas. His mother Somi knew Ramdas was ill and worried about his deteriorating health, but it was only after an Action Against Hunger health visitor told her he must be taken to the nutrition centre in the closest hospital that Ramdas’ health improved. He was immediately diagnosed with life-threatening malnutrition and put on a tight treatment schedule so he could receive the urgent care and treatment he needed to regain his strength.
Once he was discharged back home, he received ongoing checks as well as nutritional support to prevent him from relapsing into malnutrition. And Somi joined other mums in the village for regular health sessions aimed at ensuring that children receive the food, healthcare, stimulation and emotional support they need to grow and develop healthily. The training Somi and the other mums receive helps her to know what to do if their child falls ill at home and how to prevent and diagnose malnutrition.
But there is still a long way to go to help overcome child hunger in India. Together we can provide children with happier, healthier futures.”
If you would like to read more about Action Against Hunger’s work throughout the world, read more here. 1p from every pack sold is donated to Action Against Hunger. Because not everyone gets to enjoy food as much as we do.