2,34,404 children screened in Rajasthan

2,34,404 children screened in Rajasthan
2,34,404 children screened in Rajasthan
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Fight Hunger Foundation and ACF were technical partners of POSHAN (Proactive and Optimum care of children, through Social- Household Approach for Nutrition),a joint initiative by the state arm of National Health Mission and Department of Health and Family welfare- Rajasthan.

In 2016, POSHAN reached out to around 10,000 malnourished children, saving their lives and is seen as a successful programme in tackling deadly malnutrition in the state. UNICEF and GAIN were our other partners in this programme that involved more than 2500 government frontline workers in 1574 villages and 41 blocks!

This initiative was the single largest community-based intervention implemented by a state Government in India and was launched in 13 high priority districts including 2 tribal ones with an aim to cure 85-90% of the children suffering from malnutrition. These districts were Baran, Barmer, Banswara, Bundi, Dholpur, Dungarpur, Jaisalmer, Jalore, Karauli, Pratapgarh, Rajsamand, Sirohi and Udaipur.

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fighthunger foundation in rajasthan

As a part of the collaborative exercise 234,404 children were screened during September 2016 for signs of acute malnutrition through various technical methods such as anthropometric measurements, measuring the mid upper arm circumference (MUAC) and checking for painful swellings in the feet and legs which occur when a child is malnourished, known as oedema.
T11236 children were found to be suffering from severe acute malnutrition and 9640 children among them without medical complications were enrolled in the programme. The children with severe acute malnutrition and without any medical complications were treated between Dec 2015 and May 2016 with an energy dense nutrition supplement (EDNS), known locally as Poshan Amrit for 8 to 10 weeks within the community, resulting in 95% of them achieving complete recovery.

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Mr. Govind Parikh addressing attendees at a workshop.

The project also involved counselling and generating awareness among the communities on the importance of optimum maternal and child nutrition and its constituents.
"It is a matter of great pride for Rajasthan that the stupendous results and success of CMAM programme is being acknowledged by health experts across the country," - Mr. Govind Pareek. Deputy Director, Health Department – Government of Rajasthan
The success of the program was acknowledged by government officials and health experts across the nation. Fight Hunger Foundation/ACF provided the technical framework and programme design for POSHAN and were responsible for monitoring the results and outcomes.

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