In our endeavour to reach out to every malnourished child, Action Against Hunger partnered with Terna Medical College to establish 2 Outpatient Therapeutic Centers to detect and treat malnourished children in the Navi-Mumbai region. The new center at Turbhe was inaugurated by a local resident attending the child screening session on 7th September and was graced by Action Against Hunger and Terna Medical College representatives.
The centres, established at Turbhe and Gavhan, are being supported by Credit Suisse will reach out to a total population of 84,000 with including over 8,000 children under 5 years of age. Trained Action Against Hunger and Terna Medical College workers will screen children for signs of acute malnutrition, provide then Energy Dense Nutrition Supplement (EDNS), counsel mothers on nutrition, care, hygiene and other necessary topics. Apart from this, community mobilizers will also ensure that the enrolled children do not skip treatment through continuous home visits. Case with medical complications will be supported by Terna Hospital and Sion Nutrition Rehabilitation Centre (NRC).
To connect local residents to the treatment centre, we will train Anganwadi and ASHA workers on identifying signs of malnutrition in children and linking them to the OTC.