Welcome to the Samruddham Foundation’s Child Nutrition Program.
Thirty percent of Aadivasi, Bhilla children under five-years-old are malnourished. Among the consequences of malnutrition are stunted growth, increased susceptibility to disease and permanent intellectual damage. Malnutrition is the main cause of death for as many as 2,500 Aadivasi, Bhilla children each year. Samruddham Foundation’s unique program restores health to a malnourished child while simultaneously educating the mother in proper childcare, hygiene, and nutrition.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
In rural area of Nandurbar district, half the children under five are malnourished and poor nourishment is one of the leading causes of death for young children. Surprisingly, one of the main causes of the problem is ignorance, rather than poverty. Yet, it is just this “curable” cause that makes Samruddham Foundation’s Child Nutrition Program so successful.
How will this project solve this problem?
Through an innovative program of nutritional therapy using only locally produced ingredients, Child Nutrition Program with providing nutritional foods has helped save thousands of children afflicted with malnutrition. While the children are recovering their health, Samruddham Foundation’s nutritionists teach the mothers safe nutritional practices and proper food preparation. This ensures that the children stay healthy with entire family’s nutrition benefits from Samruddham Foundation’s health training program.
Potential Long Term Impact
Samruddham Foundation’s health training program and providing nutritional foods prevent children from dying of malnutrition and from growing up with life-long mental and physical disabilities resulting from malnourished. Because the children’s mothers are educated, the program’s impact spreads throughout India.
What We Do
Child Nutrition Program
Saguna Valavi has lived in rural area in Kavlithgoan, Tal: Shahada, Dist: Nandurbar all her life. There, malnutrition is a fact of life, and Saguna watched her first child grow up weak and sickly.
When Saguna became pregnant for a second time, she reached out to the Samruddham Foundation led Child Nutrition Program (CNP) for help. Trained as a community health worker, Saguna participated in an CNP workshop to learn more about infant nutrition, including the importance of breastfeeding and the consequences of certain cultural practices, like delaying breastfeeding for as long as a week after birth. She applied those lessons to her own life and began carrying them to her neighbors.
Saguna has made it her mission to show families how to keep their children healthy. And her second child—a big, healthy son who was breastfed from the day of birth—is a visible symbol of the impact of simple changes.
Active from 2013, the CNP Project developed & run by the Samruddham foundation for malnutrition children, aimed to give children a chance for healthy and productive lives. Working with other global and local partners, the project prevented malnutrition and improved nutrition for mothers, infants, and young children by focusing on the critical 1,000 days between pregnancy and a child’s second birthday.
Good nutrition early on is the foundation for a healthy and productive life as an adult. Children who get adequate nutrients during their first 1,000 days are more likely to be healthy and to complete their schooling, and they even perform better while they are in school. The benefits last into adulthood. Well-nourished children earn more money as adults and thus are in a better position to have healthy, well-nourished children themselves. It’s a cycle of stability.
Without proper nutrition, children suffer devastating consequences: more frequent and more serious childhood illnesses, stunted physical and mental development, even death. Undernourished children are far more likely to die from common illnesses like diarrhea and pneumonia. Malnutrition is frequently an underlying cause of child deaths in poor countries and is a major contributor to the burden of disease worldwide & Nandurbar district is number one in death of malnutrition children in India.
But during the critical 1,000-day window between birth and age two—as an infant becomes a toddler—there is an opportunity to turn a child’s life around.
Low-cost measures can save children
Low-cost measures to improve nutrition practices, such as exclusive breastfeeding during the first six months of life, can save children’s lives. Through the CNP Project, Samruddham Foundation worked in 40 villages in Nandurbar district to promote and support these practices. Our activities included assessing need, guiding policy, promoting behavior change, mobilizing communities, training health care workers, monitoring activities, and sharing good practices.
Evaluate Nutritional Needs
To assess the root causes of a malnutrition outbreak, Samruddham Foundation collects baseline data on key nutritional indicators like local capacities and resources, cultural practices, infrastructure, and geography. These nutrition surveys are essential for mounting an effective, customized response.
Treat Acute Malnutrition
Samruddham Foundation treats cases of severe acute malnutrition with inpatient care (for those with medical complications) and with community-based, outpatient programs. Without treatment severely malnourished women and children would likely face imminent death.
Prevent Acute Malnutrition
Samruddham Foundation’s prevention activities provide Ready-to-Use-Foods to patients discharged from therapeutic care, children with moderate acute malnutrition, and children in communities faced with seasonal hunger. Prevention can save millions of lives while long-term solutions are developed.
Build Local Capacity
Samruddham Foundation strengthens public health systems to combat malnutrition. We field teams that consist overwhelmingly of local staff and integrate our programs into existing health structures. When crises subside, we ensure local capacity is in place to support continued improvements in communities’ nutritional health.
Window of Opportunity
Investments in child nutrition are now widely considered “high-impact” during the “window of opportunity” between pre-pregnancy and two years of age. Prioritizing child nutrition delivers high returns by avoiding irreversible harm and enhancing individual earnings and economic growth over the long-term. Millions of young lives are in need of life-saving treatment and the micro nutrients vital to early child development.
Bringing Solutions to Scale
Samruddham Foundation knows how to treat malnutrition and could save number of lives with sufficient resources. A massive investment is needed in proven community-based models if we are to scale up our efforts, close the treatment gap, and save some thousand young lives each year.
We must scale up our own programs if we are to help save the thousand in need of treatment today, but we can’t do this alone. To make sure our solutions are sustained over time, we work directly with partners to build in-country capacity for the long-term. Samruddham Foundation fosters constructive working relationships with local health authorities to ensure program continuity and life-saving capacity.
Maternal and childhood health education
At Samruddham Foundation CNP center trainings, hundreds of women attend workshops in which health care professionals explain the basics of nutrition for both children and mothers and the importance of pre- and postnatal care.
Maternal and childhood health monitoring
Children enrolled in the CNP center are guaranteed access to a full nutritious meal every day they are in attendance. Professionals at the adjacent epicenter health clinics oversee on-going child health and weight monitoring.
The Samruddham foundation has made a provision of nutritious food to the malnutrition children of rural area of Nandurbar district, as these children come to school without food many times which results in the higher rate of drop outs from the school.
Under this program, a nutritious food pack is given to the every child. This pacifies their hunger and they are able to concentrate better on their studies.
A medical camp is organized quarterly to follow up the cases of malnutrition, and other kinds of physical disorders. It also includes general health checkup for all the children. Doctors discuss health problems with the concerned parent of a child at a specially arranged meeting.
Regular medical checkups also are conducted to keep a vigil on the health of children. A counseling center is organized for the children and parents. This enables them to have a freedom of expression, consequently lessening the psychological trauma that they undergo.
Mobile Health Unit Care
We have to plan to purchase a van to giving immediate medical services to malnutrition children with modern health checkup equipment & trained medical staff. In this area there are “padaas” mean local places of Aadivasi on every 2/3 km, no proper medical service, no doctor, no emergency transports, so affected children not getting medical services when required, its available at taluka places only, due to not getting medical services in time, child deaths are increased in this area, Improving health outcomes for children in this area is part of our mission. Samruddham Foundation dedicated exclusively to caring for malnutrition children, so children’s mobile health services will one way we help make high-quality care accessible to more children and families in the District of Nandurbar.
The Children’s Health Project is part of child nutrition program [CNP] supported by the Children’s Health Fund, dedicated to improving access for approximately children to quality health services through mobile-based health care – bringing care to kids in their own community.