CINI will provide staff to upskill and support existing government healthcare workers to reduce rates of severe malnutrition across tea plantations. We will support monthly village health and nutrition days where we will improve monitoring and screening of malnourished mothers and children.
It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020
Registered Charity in England and Wales (SC029591)
The tea plantations were already struggling before the lock down hit us. We were already hungry and now we are starving.
We have been working to reduce rates of malnutrition in West Bengal for 46 years and we have had significant success! There is still so much work to do but we believe if we give children the chance to avoid the life long effects of malnutrition we can give them the best start to life.
The set back of COVID 19 and the lockdown means we need help now more than ever. People are sharing food and resources but the children are at risk of malnutrition.
Reports indicate that nearly 100 workers have died due to starvation on tea plantations in West Bengal in the past 3 months. Extreme poverty, fuelled by cripplingly low wages and social isolation, had already led to severe malnutrition issues in the area. COVID 19 caused many plantations to close and many migrant workers to return to their rural homes bringing COVIS 19 with them. This has added even more pressure to an extremely delicate situation.
CINI will employ 4 community workers to work across 5 vulnerable tea plantation communities. The community workers will work with and provide training to the 330 existing government Anganwadi workers to set up monthly screening of children;to directly monitor and link identified malnourished children with extra support; and to ensure pregnant women have access to proper antenatal and postnatal care and attend all healthcare appointments. We will provide weekly education sessions for mothers.
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