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Home Based Child Care
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.
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.
It resulted into significant reduction in the under 5 children mortality and prevalence of severe malnutrition. Click Here to read more.