SHILPA’S SLOW AND STEADY PROGRESS

SHILPA’S SLOW AND STEADY PROGRESS.

Before
Shilpa now, with her mother Sunita

Baby Shilpa’s parents are landless farm labourers. Weighed down by their economic condition, her mother Sunita would often be on the field from dawn till dusk, leaving her alone at times at their small dimly lit home. During a door to door screening we discovered baby Shilpa was suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition and convinced the parents to enrol her in the nearest Nutrition Rehabilitation Centre (NRC).

On her 4th day at the NRC, Shilpa’s father took them back home leaving her treatment midway. Every day that Sunita did not show up for field labour, they lost crucial and already meagre daily income and the stipend/ incentive provided at the NRC did not make their ends meet. It was a very difficult choice for them between Shilpa’s treatment and sustaining themselves as a family.

Understanding the predicament, we decided to double down on our efforts and improve Shilpa’s health through rigorous home based counselling. We timed our visits with Sunita’s presence at home and discussed Shilpa’s diet, sourcing easily available vegetables and grains from their farms, ensuring basic sanitation and care practices during common ailments such as flu and diarrhoea. In about 5 weeks the change was visible. Shilpa was more cheerful than before and was slowly gaining weight. Her parents encouraged by the change they could see, diligently took care of her needs and proactively engaged with us during home visits.

Although Shilpa hasn’t recovered completely, her MUAC has improved from 95mm in December 2017 to 115mm now. We are making sure we follow up on her every week and keep the progress going slow but steady.

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