By Jacqueline Frost | Development and Communications Manager
Mothers and children at a recent outreach camp
We recently held a nutrition outreach camp in a marginalized Chepang community, who are only recently transitioning from a semi-nomadic lifestyle. Sadly, we found that out of the 140 children screened, 104 (75%) were malnourished. The children who were severely malnourished were immediately referred to the nearest Nutritional Rehabilitation Home (NRH).
At the camp, we taught the mothers about nutrition and how to prepare nutritious meals from locally available resources to revive the health and weight of the children.
We expanded our outreach in July into the rural villages of Sindhupalchok District - four hours outside of Kathmandu – where a total of 1,381 children were screened for malnutrition, received medical examinations and taught the hand washing techniques. Their mothers learned the basics of good nutrition using locally available food.
NYF operates 16 NRH's throughout the country where severely malnourished children are nursed back to health.
We are expanding out outreach efforts to identify more children who need help. Nearly half of all Nepali children suffer from malnourishment.
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