Articles by Sudharak Olwe and Priya Pathiyan
Jan 18, 2020
In India's Nutritional Rehabilitation Centres, holistic care for mother and child combats malnutritionThe Government of India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has established 1,151 Nutritional Rehabilitation Centres (NRCs) across the country under the National Health Mission. They provide facility-based care for children with Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) and medical complications. These NRCs offer appropriate feeding of children, careful height and weight monitoring, and counselling to mothers and caregivers on age-appropriate caring, nutrition and growth monitoring.
Jan 16, 2020
In India, how the crippling reality of severe malnutrition stems from religion and caste-based politicsWith 9.3 million children under the age of five affected by Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM), India has the largest burden of severe malnutrition in the world. Despite the vast network of women working to bring about change, SAM continues to be a harsh socio-economic reality in the country, taking millions of children victim each year.
Jan 14, 2020
How women shoulder the efficient running of Anganwadis — a system riddled with issues of pay, low moraleAnganwadis, or rural childcare centres were first introduced as far back as 1975 as part of the Integrated Child Development Services programme to combat child hunger and malnutrition. These centres provide supplementary nutrition, non-formal pre-school education, nutrition and health education and counselling, immunisation, health check-ups and referral services in conjunction with public health systems. The Anganwadi workers are the ones who make regular home visits in surrounding villages, keeping meticulous records of the health of adolescent girls, expectant mothers and children under the age of six years.