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Primary School Students lead the Change for Health and Hygiene at School

Save the Children has successfully introduced WASH Committees in Bangalore (Rural) primary schools, since November 2018, through support from GSK (GlaxoSmithKline). This has been achieved through the formation of WASH Committees, comprising a group of 6 to 15 students (typically studying in classes 5 to 7) who are chosen by other students and teachers to spread awareness and instill good habits.

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Understanding the Importance of a Nutritious Diet for Healthy Living

Understanding the Importance of a Nutritious Diet for Healthy Living

Sustainable change involves equipping not just an individual but a group of people. 17 of our Mother Support Group (MSG) members attended a nutrition course training at the Foundation for Mother and Child Health. They were made aware of the importance of a nutritious diet and taught nutritious diets.

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Change Begins with One Individual, One Family, and One Community at a Time

Change Begins with One Individual, One Family, and One Community at a Time

Freedom. It’s what we all desire. But for many young girls in Shivaji Nagar, life is not so easy. They don’t have the liberty to go out of their homes, play with friends, and meet people. Sixteen-year-old Ruksana Mohammad Ansari from Mominpura, Govandi was also not leading a free life. She lives in a very conservative family. The family includes her parents, two siblings, and grandmother. Her father is working as a labourer with a mere income of Rs.7000/- per month.

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Informed and Empowered: Transformation in the Life of Noorjahan

Informed and Empowered: Transformation in the Life of Noorjahan

In a country like India where the population is ever increasing, one would assume that the nation’s health standard will be high. But it is quite the contrary. The case of 30-year-old Noorjahan Shah brings forth the grim realities of a population which is often ignored and tossed aside.
 
Noorjahan Shah resides in Shivajinagar; one of the most underprivileged areas of Mumbai. She lives there with her husband and two children. The family’s financial condition was pitiable as both Noorjahan and her husband was unemployed and uneducated. Limited financial resources led to negligence in terms of Noorjahan’s health as there was no family planning.

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The Road to Recovery from Severe Acute Malnutrition

The Road to Recovery from Severe Acute Malnutrition

Three-year-old Mizbah lives in a small room in Sai Baba Nagar with her parents and her younger sister. The family is not financially sound as Mizbah’s father is a daily-wage labourer and works as a waste segregator with a mere income of Rs. 100 per day. Her mother is a housewife.

Mizbah is losing weight at an alarming pace and has become susceptible to illnesses due to poor nutrition, hygiene, and financial instability. Her worsening health condition was a cause of concern for her mother. Therefore, her mother reached out to Save the Children’s health worker, Malti. Mizbah’s mother, Afsana was told to bring Mizbah for a monthly growth monitoring. Soon, it was found that Mizbah fell in the Severely Acute Malnourished category.

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