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Novel Techniques in Nutrition and Food Science

Home Remedy for Malnourished Kids Works Wonders

Submission: July 13, 2018;Published: September 10, 2018

DOI: 10.31031/NTNF.2018.02.000548

ISSN 2640-9208
Volume2 Issue5


Many severely malnourished (grade IV) children continue to die every year in Melghat because their parents are unwilling to hospitalize them. Myths and mis-beliefs too hold them back from approaching the hospital. However, doctors from MAHAN Trust working in the tribal belt have proved that these children can be also saved through home or community based treatment, both medical and dietary. Successful treatment of Lakshmi Sukhram Jamunkar, a 23-month-old girl whose condition was worse than a grade IV child, is a shining example. She was treated at her home under the supervision of an illiterate but well-trained village health worker, Meerabai. Lakshmi‘s case shows that community level treatment can work wonders provided it is taken up scientifically by trained personnel.

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