GUWAHATI, May 20 – Guwahati Urban Area Development Programme, World Vision India has launched UMANG (Urgent Management and Action for Nutritional Growth) in the poverty pockets along the National Highway 37.
This is an initiative from the Guwahati Urban Area Development Programme (GUADP) to address malnutrition among children below 5 years along the national highway from Basistha to Jalukbari.
Gamliel Sherio of GUADP informed that the intervention to address child related issues has been made through Community Based Organizations (CBOs).
“India is one of the countries in the world with highest malnutrition in children below five years and Assam is one of the states in India which is not free from malnutrition,” said Sherio.
As per a survey done by the GUADP in 14 target areas in Basistha, Lokhra and Gorchuk, 117 children below 5 years old were found to be malnourished in the categories of moderate and severe.
“To improve the health status of these malnourished children we, along with the participation of the communities started an emergency nutrition programme called UMANG. Under this programme, the malnourished children have been able eat nutritious snacks and food cooked in hygienic condition,” said Sherio.
It needs to be mentioned here that with the support of NRHM and Health department and the local PHCs, the malnourished children were administered anti-worm medicines before being covered by the UMANG programme. This programme would continue for three months so that the children reach the normal weight as per their age.
Personal hygiene is also part of the programme and the mothers of the children were imparted classes on hygiene and cleanliness so that the children imbibe habits like hand washing, cutting long nails and practice eating food with clean hands which can help them stay away from various health problems.