A MOTHER JOINS OUR EFFORT TO FIGHT MALNUTRITION!

A MOTHER JOINS OUR EFFORT TO FIGHT MALNUTRITION!

A healthy Shahid post recovery
Shahid's weight curve.

It was a regular screening day at our Outpatient Therapeutic Center (OTP) in Baiganwadi , Govandi, and our nurse was examining baby Salma (name changed) as she was under treatment,. Our gaze fell upon her brother Shahid, who accompanied her, but was rather quiet for a toddler his age, staring with emptiness in his eyes. We immediately checked for signs of malnutrition and rightly so, our staff identified Shahid as suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition.

During admission in the SAM program in November 2016, his weight was 8.5kg and height 82.3 cm.

Shahid’s mother Zaiba, was very diligent to bring him to the OTP every week for follow up. She was delighted to observe the weight gain through Energy Dense Nutrition Supplement and close monitoring. The improvement in Shahid’s health encouraged Zaiba and her family members to continue with the treatment.

With every follow up Shahid’s mother was educated on various topics like complementary feeding and causes and consequences of malnutrition.

After attending all the counselling sessions, she was alert enough to identify the traits of malnutrition in other children in her neighborhood. She has already referred 4 children to the OTP and we are very thankful to her for that.

Zaiba is happy that Shahid made complete recovery.

She is determined to give every child in her community an opportunity to grow up healthy and strong and often refers probable cases of acute malnutrition to our community mobilizers.

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