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During the three months (1st August 2016 to 31st October 2016), 68 malnourished children were admitted (30 Boys and 38 Girls). In this particular period, we have successfully discharged 76 children. We make an effort to cure all children who are facing the problem of malnutrition.
The steps to cure a malnourished child:
- Feeding of admitted SAM child (As per protocol); Feed Preparation for admitted mothers; Provision of food to mother;
- Administration of Medication: Albendazole, Vitamin– A, IFA, Zinc, Folic Acid, Magsulf, Potclor; Administration of Medication: Antibiotics, Immunization etc.; Child friendly games and puzzles
- Statistical analysis of: Follow up data extracted from community level. Comparative analysis of target weight status of last batches.
By following these steps, children who have achieved the target weight of 15% when discharged are asked to come for 4 follow ups to check if they are healthy or have they started losing weight.
NRC is also doing capacity building of mothers and family on health, hygiene and nutrition.
Impact story of a child
Name of the child – Amrita
Father’s Name – Yogeshwar
Mother’s name – Renu
Village – Belkunda
Age- 14 months
Renu lives in a very poor family, she has six daughters. Renu’s husband Yogeshwar is a rickshaw driver who earned scanty. Since Yogeshwar was unable to drive rickshaw most of the time, because of his poor health, which results poor financial condition to his family. Due to these circumstances, Renu started working as a laborer but this was not enough to meet their daily expenses. Amrita was the youngest child of Renu and in past suffered from pneumonia, cough, cold and fever due to which her health was very low and she often fall ill. Renu didn’t have money to take her to a doctor. When Asha worker counseled her continuously, she agreed to go to NRC.
When Amrita admitted to NRC her details were:-
Weight – 5 kg
MUAC – 11.0
Height- 65.9 cm
When Amrita admitted to NRC she was diagnosed with 102 F fever, cough, cold and stomach infection. Later she was also failed in appetite diagnosis. According to Doctor’s guidelines she was fed with diet and medicines. From the 14th day she started gaining weight continuously and her target weight reached by 21st day. Her father visited regularly and was happy to see improvement in his child. Amrita also learned to sit and stand in NRC. Renu was also counseled about how to prepare nutritious diet for children using household grains and about family planning. Amrita’s parents were very thankful to NRC and said that if NRC wouldn’t have admitted on time she wouldn’t have survived.
At the day of discharge:-
Weight – 5.79 Kg
MUAC – 11.6
Height – 66.2 cm