Family and community behavior

    Nutrition and development

          Case study – Malnourished Child

This case study of a family in a village highlights (a) strong family beliefs on malnutrition with faith on local practitioners and faith healers even in educated parents (b) the role of communication in the form of repeated sms and phone calls in treating repeated episodes of acute diarrhea (c) the importance of ongoing communication and support in providing integrated care and (d) adoption of a leadership role by the mother in her village to advocate continuum of care and care for early childhood development. It has resulted in correcting severe acute malnutrition (SAM) and prevented stunting with very good performance in school.

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