Sep 18, 2019

Thank you for the gift of a healthy childhood!

2-year-old Kavita’s parents were daily-wage labourers from Dediyapada village in Gujarat. They migrated from village to village in search of work, to make ends meet. Their financial condition affected Kavita’s health severely and the lack of basic nutrition made it deteriorate. She lost a lot of weight and soon, she started suffering from severe malnourishment.

During one of their routine home surveys, CRY members met Kavita and noticed the severity of her condition. They realised that her parents didn’t have the means or the know-how to avail treatment. The team decided to intervene and quickly made arrangements to get her admitted at the Child Malnutrition Treatment Centre (CMTC). She was provided with proper treatment and nutritious food. 

With care, Kavita was nourished back to health in just 14 days! With the right guidance and help from CRY, today, Kavita has completely recovered and is a healthy child. Also, her parents are being the vectors of change, guiding the community about children’s health and spreading awareness about programs.

This has been possible only through the help and support of donors like you. Thank you!

Jun 20, 2019

Sahanuj's fight against malnutrition

This is the story of Sahanuj Molla, 2 years and 8 months old, who was suffering from malnutrition. Sahanuj belongs to a poor and economically backward family from Kashipur village. A home visit by health workers by CRY revealed that the child not only weighed less, but was suffering from common cold as well as diarrhoea.

Once identified as a malnourished baby, CRY kept Sahanuj under special observation and got him to the Growth Monitoring session. It was confirmed that Sahanuj was a Severely Acute Malnourished (SAM) child. He was admitted to the Nutritional Rehabilitation Center. His weight at the time of admission was 8.5 kgs. 

As a corrective measure, he was provided an institutional based nutritional care by the trained doctors and staff nurses for about 15 days. His mother was educated on child nutritional care and feeding practices. She was also taught the food preparation process. When the child was discharged, he was already showing positive trends on his nutritional status. After this, the child was provided with clinical follow up several times by the trained doctors and nurses.

With the help of the institutional based care, close follow ups by health workers and his mother’s focus on nutritional food, care and affection, the child has achieved its normal nutritional status gradually. Now, he weighs 9.6 kgs.

Mar 19, 2019

Gift of a Healthy Life!

In this district lies Dilleswar village of Ranipokhari Panchayat and Kaptipada block. Rini Sahu (name changed), the 15 month old daughter of Milan and Kaveri Sahu, lives here. Rini has 5 siblings. The Sahu family are marginal farmers and depend on daily wages to fend for the family.

In the month of July’17, CRY supported partner alliance Voice of Child Rights in Odisha (VCRO) and launched a child support campaign to fight malnutrition across 5 districts of Odisha. When the intervention team reached Dilleswar village, they started monitoring the children and noticed that Rini weighed only 6 kilos. Not only that, she had also been suffering from malaria. Without wasting a day, the intervener, along with Anganwari workers consulted with Rini’s parents and informed them about Rini’s undernourished condition and advised that she should be taken to NRC urgently. At first, Milan, Rini’s father, was hesitant as moving Rini to NRC will mean that her mother would also need to be there with her. This would severely affect the family’s daily wage. He also stated that he couldn’t even afford a proper transportation cost. The intervention team not only continued the consultation but also arranged for a car so that Rini and her mother Kaveri can travel to NRC.

Rini was taken to NRC and stayed there for more than two weeks. She regained her health gradually and returned home. The intervention team further consulted the Sahu family so that they grow their own kitchen garden and feed proper meals to their family. Seeds and saplings were distributed in the village.

Today, if one visits the Sahu family, they can notice a healthy garden of papaya, banana, greens and other vegetables. Rini is more than 8 kilos now and plays happily with her brothers and sisters. She also owns a teddy bear, which remains by her side always.

“We did not understand how grave the situation was. We almost lost her and the solution was not so difficult, yet we struggled. Now I make sure my kids have proper meals every day,” says a teary-eyed Kaveri.

CRY and its partners, with their child welfare efforts, could save Rini from the perils of malnutrition. However, unfortunately, the overall condition of poor children is quite bleak in Odisha, with hundreds of Rinis still suffering.

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