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Our IEC Van on Diarrhea Management and Control flagged off in Uttar Pradesh

Our IEC Van on Diarrhea Management and Control flagged off in Uttar Pradesh

Save the Children’s Uttar Pradesh State Programme office supported the National Health Mission, Uttar Pradesh in the Intensified Diarrhea Control Fortnight (IDCF) launch yesterday.

At the event, Ms Swati Singh, Minister of State for Family Welfare, UP flagged off Save the Children’s Information Education and Communication (IEC) Van which will be sensitizing the community, mothers, children etc on Diarrhea Management and Control.

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Why Malnutrition Continues to be a Threat to Indian Children

Malnutrition is rightfully described as “the silent emergency” for India’s children. Acute malnutrition is the biggest contributor to under-five mortality. And malnutrition not just affects children – it can also strike pregnant women. Undernourished mothers not only give birth to undernourished children, but are at a higher risk of perishing during or after the birth.

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Steps Taken to Reduce Child Mortality in India

While India continues to develop on many fronts, child mortality still remains a big issue in the country. Children who belong to the poorest social backgrounds are more likely to die by the age of 5, as compared to those from high income backgrounds. Child mortality is viewed as the best barometer of social progress and development. Despite being a fast-growing economy, India has failed to witness a pattern between increasing per capita income and a decline in the child mortality rates.

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Role of NGOs in helping India Grow

While a nation can advance economically through building infrastructure and industrialisation, achieving socio-economic development warrants active participation by the civil society. Non Governmental Organisations play a key role in filling the gaps in the various socio-economic development schemes executed by the government. Going right in the middle of the communities and through insightful research, NGOs can ensure that the poorest of the poor in India get to experience sustainable growth and get access to education and employment, and essential services. This ensures that the benefits of economic growth reach the smallest denominator.
 

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How you can Help Children in India

As large-scale awareness of human rights becomes a strong concept for India through social media, many have come to feel inspired to make a difference. However, we feel hesitant, ill-equipped or simply confused about what we can do. If you have the intent, however, you'll be surprised at how much of a difference you can make in a child's life this year, with only minutes of your time. It may be difficult to carry out a complete rescue and rehabilitation of the street children in your neighbourhood considering your busy schedule and priorities.

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