Malnutrition

Submitted by admin on February 17, 2019

Jharkhand: What motherhood taught me about malnutrition

Subashini is from Jharkhand, where she works with MSF as a Community Health Educator to improve local communities’ understanding of health and nutrition. But it was her own experience as a young mother with a malnourished child that inspired her to help others avoid the same story. In this animated video by Susnata Paul, Subashini shares what motherhood taught her about malnutrition.

 

CAR: With improved access, malaria and malnutrition cases sharply rise in Bossangoa

Annassagie Fekujuna waits patiently in the nutrition department at Bossangoa’s University Hospital, in Ouham province, in north-west Central African Republic (CAR). The serene smile on her face contrasts with the scene around her; the busy ward is full of severely malnourished children, including her son Juvenal. Annassagie holds her son in her arms, while waiting for the daily distribution of milk to begin. 

Jharkhand: Fighting malnutrition alongside local communities

In Jharkhand, an Indian state known for its diverse tribal communities, the number of people that are malnourished is persistently higher than the national average. 

Since 2009, MSF has treated over 17,000 severely malnourished children in India using an innovative community engagement model. On the basis of this experience, our teams stared treating Severe Acute Malnutrition in children in Jharkhand’s Chankradharpur block in 2017.

 

Submitted by admin on April 28, 2018

Jharkhand: “I was a teenage mother with the same story”

In Jharkhand, an Indian state known for its diverse tribal communities, the number of people that are malnourished is persistently higher than the national average. Since June 2017, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been treating severe acute malnutrition in the town of Chakradharpur, in Jharkhand, using an innovative community engagement model.

Providing medical care for severe acute malnutrition in Jharkhand

Severe acute malnutrition (SAM) is a medical condition that weakens the immune system and reduces the ability to fight off infection. That is why severely malnourished children have a much higher chance of dying from common childhood illnesses such as respiratory infections or diarrhoea. India has the largest burden of severe malnutrition in the world, with 93 lakh children under the age of five affected by SAM.