Relieving the suffering of seriously malnourished children in West Bengal, India, and working closely alongside families to help prevent malnutrition from occurring again.
It ran from 2:21 PM, 12 November 2009 to 2:21 PM, 12 November 2009
Registered Charity in England and Wales (SC029591)
No child should die of hunger; yet around 6000 children die every day in India; one child every fifteen seconds. Malnutrition is the underlying cause of half of these deaths. Both CINI’s Emergency Ward and Nutrition Rehabilitation Centre focus on relieving the suffering of seriously malnourished children in West Bengal, India, and work closely alongside families to help prevent malnutrition from occurring again. Based in Kolkata, we provide emergency health care to children with acute malnutrition and related health problems, and rehabilitate undernourished children and provide supportive care and training on nutrition and preventative healthcare to mothers. By providing training on good nutrition, preventative healthcare measures and home-treatment of diarrhoea, these services enable CINI to relieve the immediate suffering of seriously malnourished children and to work with families to help prevent malnutrition from occurring again. During the last project year, CINI admitted 575 children and their mothers. A similar number of children are expected this year. The children are between a few days and six years old. We also work to establish links with husbands and mothers-in-law, as their support is important to prevent a crisis in the child’s health from reoccurring. 3,000 government staff and health professionals will visit the ward and clinic to learn from CINI’s expertise in this field. Training for government staff will focus in particular on building their capacity to look beyond just treating the symptoms of malnutrition, towards thinking in a more integrated way about measures at the individual, family and community level that offer a more lasting solution. CINI aims to provide these services on an ongoing basis. They are a key priority, as similar services for severely malnourished children are currently unavailable. The cost of running these services for 12 months is approximately £85,000. A modest amount of funding has been raised in the UK to plug the gap and other international funders have also pledged to help. The funding shortfall for the next three years is approximately £97,000. If possible, multi-year funding would help us get funding for this project on a more sustainable footing. To find out more, please visit the ‘what we do’ part of our website www.cini.org.uk
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