Malnutrition is a significant issue effecting children in Rajasthan, India. Govt. data shows only 3.4% of children aged between 6 - 23 months receive an adequate diet & 61% children are underweight. People tend not see malnourishment as a medical problem so do not seek treatment. When they do, hospitals are located far away, & parents lose vital income when they take children for treatment. This intervention reaches children aged from 7 months to 5 years old from poor rural & tribal families.
Seva Mandir runs community-based treatment camps in rural locations which enables us to identify & initiate treatment for children who are severely malnourished before they become seriously ill. Doctors & nurses provide treatment for SAM children with Ready-to-Use-Therapeutic Foods & routine medical care. SAM children who have medical complications are referred to hospitals for more intensive treatment. We run 40 camps a year, providing approx. than 700 children with life-saving treatment.
Through this intervention we will see a reduction in the cases of malnourishment in rural areas, along with increased awareness of the causes of malnutrition. When children have recovered from malnutrition, their general health improves which in the long term will enable them to focus on their education. We run follow up systems, where Seva Mandir's community health workers will visit children who have benefited from the camps to ensure they have not relapsed into malnourishment.