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a.  Identification Of Malnourished Children

Nutritional status of under three children (2160) measured by anthropometric measurements can be assessed weight for age (underweight), height for age(stunting) and weight for height (wasting) indicators through this activity. Constant growth monitoring through identification of Severe Acute Malnourished (SAM) and Moderate Acute Malnourished(MAM) children was done by Growth Chart (WHO),MUAC tape and measuring scale with the help of Anganwadi workers and ASHA workers.  After identification of malnourished children (SAM and MAM without complication), they were taken to the Nutrition camp (4 phases of 15 days) and SAM children with complication were referred to the Special Nutrition Camp.

b. Nutrition Camp

The continuous fifteen(15) days long Nutrition Camp was organized with the identified  473 Moderate Acute Malnourished(MAM)  and 223 Severe Acute Malnourished Children (SAM) without complication merging two or three ICDS centers in one camp. 73% (n=167) Severe Acute Malnourished (SAM) children are achieved to their nutritional status and became moderately malnourished and 71.59% (n=326) Moderate Acute Malnourished (MAM) converted to Normal grade. 

c. Special Nutrition Camp

Identified SAM children (217) with medical complication, before coming to  fifteen (15) days Nutrition Camp in the ICDS centers, Special Nutrition Camp were organized in the SRAN premises where SAM children were weighed and the appetite test was first done as the complications in malnutrition lead to loss of appetite. Appetite test helps in identifying SAM children with medical complications who will need hospitalization. Children who have good appetite can get in the fifteen (15) days Nutrition Camp. But the children who fail in appetite test need the consultation of doctor in the special camp. Nutritional counseling was done by the Nutrition counselor on the timing of food, frequency and consistency of meal, amount of each meal and composition of food according to individual dietary need of the children and maintenance of hygiene practices.

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