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Home Based Child Care

 

Problem Background:
Melghat, the hilly forest region inhabited mostly by tribal was known for very high infant mortality and Malnutrition related deaths (among children under 5 yrs of age). The neonatal mortality rate (NMR), Infant Mortality rate (IMR) & under 5 children mortality rate (U5MR) were about 54,94 & 140 respectively per 1000 live births during the year 2004.  Severe Malnutrition (PEM IAP Grade 3 & 4) (<5 years of age) was about 9% in the area.

MAHAN Intervention: 
Tribal women with 5-10 years of schooling and willing to serve the society are trained to treat under 5 children suffering from acute respiratory infections (ARI), diarrhea, malaria, severe malnutrition, neonatal sepsis and birth asphyxia. Intensive health and nutrition education was imparted.

Impact: 
It resulted into significant reduction in the under 5 children mortality and prevalence of severe malnutrition. Click Here to read more.

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