Madhya Pradesh

Photo: Oriane Zerah

As well as being India’s second largest state, with a population of 72 million, Madhya Pradesh, is also one of India’s poorest states. Levels of severe acute malnutrition amongst young children are dangerously high, for many reasons: insufficient access to food and clean water; unhealthy environments; and low awareness of important childcare practices, such as the importance of breastfeeding in the fight against malnutrition.

Fight Hunger Foundation has been present in the Burhanpur area of Madhya Pradesh since 2011, working with local partners, to reduce levels of malnutrition in children under five. We have provided essential training for staff in three Nutrition Rehabilitation Centres to develop and improve skills in the treatment of children suffering from severe acute malnutrition.

However, the scale of the need in the Burhanpur district is enormous. There are simply not enough beds in Nutrition Rehabilitation Centres to cope with the vast numbers of severely malnourished children in Madhya Pradesh, and many are often turned away due to overcrowding and do not receive treatment. Thus, Fight Hunger Foundation’s approach in Madhya Pradesh over the coming years will also include essential work at the community level, building the skills and knowledge of health workers, mothers, and caregivers to ensuring that more children’s lives can be saved. We plan to open outpatient centres allowing children suffering from severe malnutrition to be treated as an outpatient, thus meaning fewer referrals to the overcrowded Nutrition Rehabilitation centres.

Our work in Madhya Pradesh

We have signed an agreement with National Health Mission and Department of Women & Child Development, Madhya Pradesh, and have started implementing our nutrition programme in Dhar district. In the first phase, after consulting the former District Collector of Dhar Smt. Jayashri Kiyawat and Integrated Child Development Services department authorities, we have selected Gandhwani block from among the 13 blocks in the district. 

Please click on the link below to watch the story of Prahlad, an 18 month old severely malnourished child, who was found by one of our field staff, and his journey from being an acutely malnourished toddler to a 5 year old healthy boy click here 

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