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Health and Nutrition

Every child, no matter who they are or where they come from, to be healthy.
Save the Children, through its Health & Nutrition Programmes, has benefitted 85,216 lakh children in 2019!

Come, join our mission to guarantee good Health & Nutrition to Every Last Child!

Since our establishment in India, we have faced a multitude of issues but undeterred, we have devised several solutions that help us continue sharing the gift of health & nutrition with underprivileged children.

Here, take a look.

The Problem

Malnutrition in India has scarred the lives of millions of children; it is home to 46.6 million stunted children, a third of the world’s total as per the Global Nutrition Report 2018.


  • India’s children struggle with malnourishment

    India contributes 20% under-five mortality and 25% of neonatal mortality, globally.

    Children struggle with a lack of nutritious food, which leads to malnourishment. Malnourishment is a health problem resulting from inadequate and suboptimal nutritional status, caused by poor and unbalanced consumption of macronutrients and/or micronutrients.


  • Malnourishment deters brain development

    Among the 472 million children (2011 census), 97 million are anaemic and undernourished.

    Malnourishment adversely affects the brain development of a child, leading to long-lasting and irreversible damage. It results in tissue damage, growth retardation, heterogeneous differentiation, a decline in synapses and synaptic neurotransmitters, delayed myelination, and overall degraded development of dendritic arborization of the developing brain.


  • Children succumb to diseases and infection because of malnourishment

    In India, lakhs of infants & children succumb to diarrhoea, pneumonia and/or infection every year.

    For children five years or younger, close to 40% (actually 38.7%) are stunted (below normal height for the age), 19.8% are wasted (underweight and short) and 42.4% are underweight. The data-set revealed by the latest NFHS-4 revealed that 40 out of 1000 infants don’t make it past their first year.


  • Maternal Health among girls below 18 years is jeopardized

    Maternal Health in India remains a big concern.

    Maternal health is a big issue in India, especially among girls under 18 years. Several factors lead to adolescent pregnancies and births. Young girls who may want to avoid pregnancies may not be able to do so because of knowledge gaps and misconceptions about where to obtain contraceptives and how to use them.


  • Uneducated parents remain unaware of cause & effect of
    malnourishment

    Lack of awareness about malnourishment among parents can severely affect children in the long run.

    Uneducated parents in rural and urban areas belonging to economically weak sections are usually unaware of the risks of lack of proper diet. Adding to this dilemma, there are many families which cannot afford feeding themselves.


  • Children struggle with hygiene & lack of sanitation

    Lack of sanitation can cause various illnesses.

    Children at one in three schools do not have access to proper toilets, putting them at risk of diarrhoea and other infections and forcing some to miss school altogether. Moreover, lack of safe water is a problem too. Substandard sanitation is linked to the transmission of diseases such as cholera, diarrhoea, dysentery, hepatitis A, typhoid and polio and also results in stunted growth. It reduces human welfare, social, and economic development.


  • Appalling status of menstrual hygiene among girls

    It becomes very important to normalise conversation around menstruation.

    Apart from the stigma many girls face, the status of menstrual hygiene of many girls is a huge health risk. The lack of information about menstrual hygiene creates a culture of taboos and misinformation about menstruation and potential health risks like vaginal infections.

BE A PART OF OUR SOLUTION

Engage multidisciplinary experts
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We seek counsel from experts like specialists, medical doctors, doctors of philosophy, public health professionals, social scientists etc.

Education & Training
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We train & educate an Accredited Social Health Activist and Auxiliary Nurse Midwife workers for their role of giving life-saving aid to infants, young children, and mothers.

Build Awareness
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We create awareness around Accredited Social Health Activist and Auxiliary Nurse Midwife.

Speak on Prevalent Issues
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We work with children, adolescents and their families to bring awareness on Maternal Newborn Health (MNH), Child Health, Nutrition, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health (ARSH), Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) and Urban Health.

Provision of Meals
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We provide high-energy & nutritious meals to malnourished children to improve their Mid Upper Arm Circumference, which is used as an assessment of nutritional status.

Role of Anganwadi centres
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We ensure children are enrolled in Anganwadi centres where they are fed nutritious food.

Building Health Centers
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We work to build the capacity of healthcare centers and Anganwadi centers so that they can cater to more children.

Building toilets
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We work to install and facilitate installation of toilets in communities and homes where children and people openly defecate.

Mother’s Groups
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We have helped create and manage Mother’s Groups, where we provide them with basic education and means to ensure proper nutrition and care of their children.

Conversation around menstruation
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We work to provide crucial knowledge about menstrual, sexual, and reproductive health to adolescents and community members. We also help with community acceptance of menstrual hygiene and removal of stigma around menstrual health.

Manufacture & Use of Sanitary Napkins
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We collectively work to empower girls to procure, manufacture, and use sanitary napkins.

Prevention of Infection-based Deaths
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We are consistently engaged in preventing incidence of (and deaths due to) Pneumonia, Diarrhea and infection among infants and children in the most vulnerable urban and rural areas.

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We are so close to our goal; we are positive that through your help and support,
We will reach and help many more children in need. Your contribution has the power to give life to a child.

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  • OUR ACHIEVEMENT
    • Collaborating with the governments, NGOs, other organizations to provide
    • Technical Assistance
    • Working with the smallest unit of the government administration Facilitating Health System Strengthening with focus on service delivery, health
    • workforce, information, medical products, vaccines and technologies, financing, and leadership/governance
    • Inducing behaviour change to promote healthy behaviours
    • Increasing equitable, qualitative, and gender-sensitive approach that links families, communities and facilities
    • Using a transformative approach to identify, address, and positively transform the issue of gender inequality
    • Conducting assessments and multi-sectoral assessments in case of emergencies
  • OUR JOURNEY
    • Maternal & New-born Health
    • Child Health
    • Nutrition
    • Adolescent Health
    • Urban Health & WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene)
  • Collaborating with the governments, NGOs, other organizations to provide
  • Technical Assistance
  • Working with the smallest unit of the government administration Facilitating Health System Strengthening with focus on service delivery, health
  • workforce, information, medical products, vaccines and technologies, financing, and leadership/governance
  • Inducing behaviour change to promote healthy behaviours
  • Increasing equitable, qualitative, and gender-sensitive approach that links families, communities and facilities
  • Using a transformative approach to identify, address, and positively transform the issue of gender inequality
  • Conducting assessments and multi-sectoral assessments in case of emergencies

Save the Children’s Health & Nutrition programmes work for the following sub-themes

  • Maternal & New-born Health
  • Child Health
  • Nutrition
  • Adolescent Health
  • Urban Health & WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene)

Directly Impacted 34,00,000
children

Through the consistency of our donors’ support, we have successfully impacted the lives of many children. PAN India, since 2008

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Indirectly Impacted 5,50,000
adults

Aligning with the global breakthrough – ‘No child dies from preventable causes before their fifth birthday’, Save the Children designs, develops, and deploys innovative solutions through various programmes.

Browse further to know more about all our Health & Nutrition Programmes. Click pin to view programmes.

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We are close to achieving our goal to a healthy nation!

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