Maharashtra

Maharashtra

Maharashtra

Maharashtra state has some of the worst nutritional indicators in India, with around a fifth of all children under five suffering from stunting because of malnutrition.

Maharashtra state has some of the worst nutritional indicators in India, with around a fifth of all children under five suffering from stunting because of malnutrition. There are many factors which contribute to the situation: including challenges relating the nutritional status of women, poor reproductive health, insufficient pre- and post-natal care, low birth weight, lack of awareness about the importance of breastfeeding, poor hygiene, inadequate sanitation facilities and unsafe drinking water.

For the children living in the slums of Mumbai, located in Maharashtra state, the situation is critical.

Govandi

Fight Hunger Foundation works to fight hunger in Mumbai alongside local partners, to reduce levels of malnutrition in children under five. We have provided essential training to medical staff in two hospitals, to develop and improve skills in the treatment of children with the severest form of acute malnutrition (when children must be cared for in hospital) along with raising awareness of Anganwadi supervisors on management of severe acute malnutrition in the community, as often there is not the capacity in hospitals to cope with all the children that need treatment.

Palghar

Fight Hunger Foundation:

  • Trains community health workers on how to detect cases of severe acute malnutrition as early as possible.
  • Educates communities themselves on how to identify malnutrition, when and where to bring young children for nutritional screening and treatment.
  • Teaches mothers about the benefits of exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months, good hygiene and nutrition practices, and the importance of food storage.
  • Trains community health workers on how to undertake the follow up of malnourished children, so that it is sure that they are on the road to recovery and do not fall ill again. 

Palghar 

All of these community activities are implemented in partnership with Agnanwadi workers and helpers, local leaders, women’s groups, school teachers, community health workers and other key community stakeholders.

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