Amrita-Seattle has initiated its Combat Malnutrition project in Diamond Harbor, West Bengal in collaboration with ICDS (Integrated Child Development Services) and Govt. of West Bengal . The rate of child malnutrition is increasing every year in India. We have identified a total of 170 malnourished children under the age of 5 in nine remote villages of Diamond Harbor.
The program was first implemented in 13th February 2013, in the village of Kanupur Dhanbedia where local livelihood depends on simple fishing.
Above 60% of the children were malnourished. With the help of health-care workers, Amrita-Seattle is distributing nutritional supplements called Nutrimix to the low-income families (which is most of them) to improve the nutrition and health of children who are 0-6 years old. Every month 9 camps are held for monitoring and distribution of supplements. District official, physician, health workers, our coordinator Dabala Adhikary and Mayadi put tireless effort to attend these camps and make it successful.
The physicians will monitor the health of these children for six months. Awareness on how to incorporate nutritional food in their regular diet will be provided to the parents as well.
The pilot project was covered in local newspaper.
From Physician’s report we are happy to know that among 170 children, 136 children have gained 800gm on an average. 33 children showed slower growth due to their weak constitution and thus slow digestion of the nutrimix. Our physicians have prescribed a lower dose of nutrimix in their food intake.