Navigation Links
Scheme for Combating Malnourishment in MP Children Yet to Pick Up

A government scheme launched in Madhya Pradesh to help malnourished children is yet to make a major impact.//

The Bal Shakti scheme was unveiled to aid the 5.7 million malnourished children of the state, most of them less than three years in age, Grassroots Features reported.

Two-and-a-half-year-old Prem Bai, a Sahariya tribal couple's daughter from Amolpath village, was 4.2 kg when she was brought to the Bal Shakti Centre in Shivpuri's district headquarters a week ago.

But instead of showing improvement with regular diet, her weight dropped to four kilos.

On the other hand, two-year-old Sujan from Ejwaya village in Pauri block weighed five kilos when admitted to the Bal Shakti camp. A week later he weighed 5.9 kg.

The verdict on the Bal Shakti scheme is mixed. Programme Officer Shiv Kumar Sharma observed: "About 1,000 children have visited the special treatment centres since January. But only 50 children came back for further treatment."

Of the 5.7 million malnourished children in the state, 55 percent are less than three years old, 51 percent are stunted, and 75 percent are anaemic.

Mortality rate at 498 per 100,000 live births is one the highest in the country. The infant mortality rate stands at 87 per 1,000 live births.

When the scheme was launched four years ago, malnourished children were identified in the far-flung hamlets of Shivpuri district. This year the authorities went a step further - they brought these children to the three centres, kept them under observation, and fed them nutritious food for a week.

"There may have been 20 percent deaths among severely malnourished children.

But if it wasn't for the Bal Shakti scheme, 30 percent children would have been dead. We have been able to save some lives. An appraisal is underway," Sharma said when asked about the impact of the scheme.

Shivpuri district is one of the most mal nourished. According to Sharma 53 percent children in Shivpuri are malnourished. "Of the 190,446 children who were weighed in 2001, 53.2 percent were found to be malnourished; 4,531 were severely malnourished and needed immediate assistance," he said.

While some children gained weight at the centre, many parents were disappointed with the result.

To encourage women to bring their children to the centre they are given a cheque of Rs.33 every day. They are also asked to bring their husbands along. The men get work at government sites. Siblings are sent to pre-school centres.

The scheme has its critics. Right to Food, a civil society group, is one. It feels the scheme is a drop in the ocean in a state where existing nutrition programmes like the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) have been neglected.

"There are 10.6 million children in the age group 0-6," a Right to Food spokesperson said. "Only 2.33 million or 22 percent children have been brought under the ICDS. Allocations made by governments for nutrition have shown little or no increase in recent years."

Shivpuri district officials maintain their initiative has been a success, and NGOs are too uncharitable. "Let them take up one block, and show us if they can remove malnutrition there before they criticise our efforts," Sharma said.

(Source: IANS)
'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Dentists Not Lured By Golden Hello Scheme In The UK
2. Health Insurance Scheme Generates Conflicting Opinions
3. New Health Scheme Launched In India’s Biha
4. New UK Policy Threatens The Flexible Working Scheme
5. Referral Schemes Blamed By GPs For Treatment Delay
6. Hospital Withdraws McDonalds Reward Scheme
7. New Healthcare Scheme For Rural Areas Launched
8. NHS Billions Spent on High Cost Computer Scheme
9. SC Clears Deck For Implementation Of Nutrition Scheme
10. Corporate Groups To Participate In Jharkhand Health Care Scheme
11. Drug for Cancer to be on Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:6/28/2017)... Billings, MT (PRWEB) , ... June 28, 2017 ... ... that provides insurance management and financial planning assistance to clients in southern Montana, ... outreach programs offered by Zoo Montana. , The outreach programs offered by Zoo ...
(Date:6/28/2017)... Cincinnati, OH (PRWEB) , ... June 28, 2017 ... ... and financial consulting firm servicing communities throughout the greater Cincinnati metropolitan area, is ... help provide temporary lodgings for families with children receiving treatment in nearby hospitals. ...
(Date:6/27/2017)... ... June 27, 2017 , ... DrugDev understands that for many sites, ... the sponsor to pay them correctly and on time. As the search for high-performing ... that encourage sites to work on their studies. , At a complimentary live ...
(Date:6/27/2017)... ... 2017 , ... The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projects that the Better Care ... Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), would result in 22 million Americans losing their ... , More than 20 million Americans have gained health insurance under the ACA, and ...
(Date:6/27/2017)... Beverly Hills, California (PRWEB) , ... June 27, 2017 , ... ... implants market has been projected to reach a staggering $6.81 billion by the year ... implants are rising at a faster rate than those made from titanium. Los Angeles ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/20/2017)... Netherlands and LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. ... the presentation of new data that validate the use ... risk stratify patients with multiple myeloma (MM). In a ... the European Hematology Association (EHA) in Madrid, ... value of MMprofiler for identifying high-risk elderly patients. ...
(Date:6/16/2017)... -- Exactly 50 years ago today, the Monterey Pop Festival opened ... the San Francisco "Summer of Love."  To celebrate the anniversary, ... in strategic market research portals that it will begin delivering ... Northern Light,s "Summer of Love (For Our Customers)."  ... ...
(Date:6/13/2017)... 2017 Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc. (NYSE and SIX: ... the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has notified the ... to its Zhejiang, China manufacturing facility ... "The successful clearance of the Warning Letter related to our ... a measure of the progress we have made in our ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: