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Posts from the ‘Malnutrition’ Category

Saving lives with boiled water, sugar and salt

According to World Health Organization estimates, diarrheal disease is the second leading cause of death in children under five years; globally, it is responsible for killing 760,000 children every year. Diarrhea is also the major cause of malnutrition in children under five years old. A significant proportion of diarrheal disease can be prevented through safe drinking water and adequate sanitation and hygiene.

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Promoting Health

SUCCESS: DIR provides training in areas such as health, hygiene and nutrition so that local residents can serve as Health Promoters.

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Care for Mothers and Babies

SUCCESS: The infant mortality rate in Janta Colony is less than half the national average: just 20 deaths per 1000 births compared to 49/1000 across India.

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Facilitating Immunization

SUCCESS: Almost 100% of children in Janta Colony are fully immunised, compared to national averages of 40% to 60% (depending on disease).

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Monitoring Child Development

SUCCESS: Since 2005, the rate of severe malnutrition for children under 5 years in Janta Colony has plummeted from 87% to less than 20%.

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