Sharda’s Journey: Triumph Over Malnutrition in Sathe Nagar

In the heart of Sathe Nagar, during a routine check-up at Anganwadi 148, a young girl named Sharda Kamble(name changed) was assessed for her nutritional status. Her measurements indicated she was suffering from moderate acute malnutrition (MAM). The community mobilizer attempted to explain MAM to Sharda’s mother, who did not understand Hindi. Fortunately, Sharda’s aunt, fluent in the language, conveyed the information effectively.

Sharda’s family had recently relocated from their village to Mumbai, marking this as her inaugural weight assessment. The community mobilizer inquired about Sharda’s low weight, to which the aunt confessed ignorance, attributing it to their recent move. An MAM card was issued to Sharda’s mother, detailing the necessary follow-ups and dietary advice.

A subsequent home visit revealed Sharda’s limited diet, consisting mainly of paratha, tea, and dal rice, sometimes skipping dinner altogether. The community mobilizer educated the family on healthier alternatives and the adverse effects of tea on children.

After 15 days, a noticeable improvement in Sharda’s weight was observed, thanks to her mother’s adherence to the new dietary regimen. Despite the family’s resistance to change, particularly from the elder members, the community mobilizer persisted, bringing a counselor on the next visit to address the family’s reliance on outside food.

The counselor engaged in a thoughtful dialogue with Sharda’s father and grandmother, drawing parallels between the girl’s diet and the grandmother’s own nutritional needs. This comparison sparked a realization within the family, leading to a shift towards more nutritious, homemade snacks.

As a result of these concerted efforts, Sharda’s health improved significantly. She was admitted to the program on January 31st and, by April 10th, was discharged with a healthy weight gain from 12.8 kg to 14 kg, a testament to the power of community support and proper nutrition.

Our commitment remains unwavering: to transform harmful habits and ensure that every child in our community, aged six months to five years, can break free from malnutrition, just like Sharda.

Empowering Future Care-givers: Intensive KMC Training by Action Against Hunger.

Action Against Hunger, India, in collaboration with the Department of Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Community Medicine at HBT Medical College, along with Dr. R. N. Cooper Municipal General Hospital, conducted a three-day training program on Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) at HBT Medical College. 

The training was inaugurated by Dr. Manisha Khare, the Dean of Academics, in the presence of department heads, professors, house officers, nurses, the vice-principal of the School of Nursing, and the Action Against Hunger India team. 

Over 40 participants, including third-year Nursing Students, Medical College students, and Nursing Staff from the Pediatrics and Gynecology departments, took part in the interactive and participatory sessions organized during the training. 

Dignitaries highlighted that HBTMC and Dr. R N Cooper Hospital are pioneers in establishing a dedicated KMC Unit among all major civic hospitals and teaching institutions under MCGM. Additionally, they emphasized that HBTMC and Copper Hospital are among the first institutes to introduce KMC Training in tertiary healthcare facilities.