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Combating Malnutrition

Malnutrition is the leading cause of child mortality in India. Between 40 and 50% of child deaths under the age of five are due to malnourishment. 60% of children in Seva Mandir’s work area are suffering from some form of malnutrition.

The reasons for child malnutrition are multidimensional, ranging from inappropriate feeding and childcare practices and endemic poverty to lack of sanitation facilities and safe drinking water and lack of effective healthcare. Due to the multidimensional nature of the problem and the lack of coherent interventions on the ground, improvements in child malnutrition are very slow.

Seva Mandir has developed programmes and solutions to each of these problems separately and has been implementing them for many years. From

2015, we have adopted an integrated approach, bringing together various interventions which are critical to reducing malnutrition in the targeted areas.

This has resulted in improvements in rates of malnutrition, and the approach has accordingly been expanded to more villages.


Integrated approach to combating malnutrition


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