Mumbai Smiles: training Balwadi teachers

Action Against Hunger conducts training on global criteria to detect acute malnutrition

Creating a Hunger Free India involves more than just detection and treatment of malnourished children. It involves community based awareness building on how to prevent malnutrition, research to understand the causes of acute malnutrition, Educating mothers on child care and feeding practices as well as timely treatment through therapeutic foods. Action Against Hunger is happy to support our partners through training and building their skills in the field of nutrition, so that they can better diagnose, treat and prevent malnutrition in their own community.

We were happy to extend our support to ‘Mumbai Smiles’, an NGO that runs preschool centres
 (also called Balwadis) in the slums of Mumbai. Children between the age group of 2 to 6 years were being monitored for malnutrition by the Balwadi teachers, using a criteria of ‘weight for age’ to assess the nutritional status of children.

Action Against Hunger shared with them the recent development in detection criteria prescribed by WHO and UNICEF, viz ‘Weight for Height’, ‘Oedema (WHZ)’ and ‘Middle Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) measurements’ to detect children with acute malnutrition.

We were happy to by provide technical training to the Balwadi teachers and assistants on detection of malnutrition through anthropometric measurements. This training was organized from 24th to 27th August 2015 which was attended by close to 60 participants.

The immensely energetic and highly motivated participants took back with them a new improved methodology to detect and treat children with acute malnutrition.


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