Saving the lives of children in Palghar

Palghar district in Maharashtra - a mere 90 km away from Mumbai - is today facing a severe nutrition crisis. The number of child deaths due to malnutrition has sharply increased in recent months, with as many as 209 deaths between April and August 2016.

The dire poverty in the region, together with a lack of awareness of good nutrition practices and the signs of malnutrition have led to Palghar becoming one of the most vulnerable areas of Maharashtra.

Fight Hunger Foundation has been responding to the crisis, having approached the Department of Women and Children in Maharashtra to secure permission to launch our life-saving emergency programs.

Our project in Palghar covers three blocks: Jawahar, Mokhada and Vikramgarh. Over the next year, 5000 children will be screened for signs of severe acute malnutrition (SAM). We expect to save lives of 1800 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition by providing them with a supply of ready-to-use-therapeutic food (RUTF).

A child is given 2-3 sachets of therapeutic food per day for 6 weeks for complete recovery.

We have set up our field office at Mokhada in Palghar with a team of eight community mobilizers and field staff, who are working round the clock to detect and treat children who are severely malnourished. We have also opened Outpatients Treatment Centre, in Khodala and Morhanda primary health centre which covers 34 villages of Mokhada block. Our team of dedicated doctors, nurses, nutritionists and staff manage the Outpatients Treatment Centre and cater to malnutrition cases.

 
 

Dr. Narendra Patil of FHF examines a child at our Out Patients Treatment centre in Khodala area, Palghar.

Our project also includes training over 200 Anganwadi workers on how to detect malnutrition, carrying out awareness-raising camps aimed at pregnant women and lactating mothers and launching preventive activities aimed at the community in general.

 
 

Project details

Project Title

Promoting a Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) in  four high burden blocks of Palghar district, Maharashtra

Location

 

Name of block

Number of villages

Population*

Jawhar

109

128,147

Mokhada

59

83,453

Vikramgad

93

131,634

Wada

167

142,753

Total

430

5,27,615

* As per census 2011

 

Target Group

  • Children under 5 years with acute malnutrition
  • Pregnant and Lactating Women
  • Caregivers of children with acute malnutrition
  • Frontline workers
  • Doctors and Nurses
  • NGO partners

Expected beneficiary reach (Nos)

Beneficiary

Numbers

Children under 5 years with severe acute malnutrition

18,848

Children under 5 years with moderate acute malnutrition

35,030

Anganwadi Workers (AWW)

1200

Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA)

400

Mothers and caregivers of severe acute malnourished and moderate acute malnourished children under 5 years

60,613

Hospital/NRC staff

200

Pregnant and Lactating Women (PLW)

4860

NGO partners

100

Total number of beneficiaries

127,985

 

The situation for Palghar's children is very serious. We have to act now. Please help us to fight deadly malnutrition by making a donation today.

 

 

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