What we do

WHAT WE DO

On the list of the world’s top 10 health risks, hunger continues to occupy the first position. One out of eight people go to sleep hungry every night despite living in a world where there is enough food to feed all of us. Hunger, or undernutrition, is a result of insufficient intake of macro and micro nutrients. It can, and often does, lead to chronic malnutrition or severe wasting associated with acute malnutrition.

Our agenda is not centred on just feeding hungry children. We realise that malnutrition is a medical condition...

Over the years, humanitarian ‘psychosocial’ programs have mainly targeted so called traumatized people.

A child is acutely malnourished when his or her weight drops to such a low level that they are at risk of dying.

It is a standardized, simplified field survey methodology that produces snapshot of the current situation of malnutrition.

 

What We do
 

 

Over one million children under the age of five die due to malnutrition-related causes in India every year. These statistics are shocking and even more so when we know that these deaths are completely preventable if action is taken to screen, educate, detect, refer, treat and follow up children found to be either severely or moderately malnourished.

We will not rest until no child dies of hunger.

The above framework has been adapted from the 2013 Lancet Maternal and Child Nutrition series intervention framework. In a nutshell, it shows the multi-pronged approach that has to be taken to achieve optimum fetal and child growth and development. It asks for a collaborative effort from different sectors and agencies which are  most relevant to individuals’ nutritional status to tackle under nutrition.

Our work is focused on three broad areas as mentioned in the above framework. The ultimate objective is to be a part of and play a significant role in the strengthening existing ecosystem. This will be a sustainable way of having an integrated approach on prevention & management of acute malnutrition.

Our main areas of work are the following:

  1. Nutrition: working with community health workers to improve standards in detecting and treating malnutrition at the community level; training staff in hospitals and Nutrition Rehabilitation Centres in improved treatment techniques; helping families to understand the early signs of malnutrition and how to prevent their children from developing the deadly disease. Find out more here
  2. Mental health and care practices: quality childcare at both family and community level is crucial in the fight against hunger. Fight Hunger Foundation believes that improved infant and child feeding practices and psychosocial support are key success factors. Malnutrition rarely has just one single cause, but can be the result of a series of issues. A systemic approach, including family care, community and environmental issues we believe is the best way of preventing malnutrition in each child. Find out more here
  3. Advocacy: we work together with national and international partners who all wish to see an end to child deaths from malnutrition. We call on governments both in India and across the world to take urgent action to prioritise the fight against malnutrition and save the lives of millions of children under five. We believe that, with strong political will, our goal of a world free of child deaths from acute malnutrition can be achieved within a generation. Find out more here

 

 

 

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