RMF’s Childhood Malnutrition Treatment and Prevention Initiative boasts the largest field presence of any NGO working in malnutrition in the region, a result of strong partnerships with government, NGOs, business, and most importantly, local communities.
60% of children under 5 are malnourished. Approximately 6 million children are at risk.
Madhya Pradesh carries India’s highest malnutrition burden.
The Real Medicine Foundation (RMF) attacked the problem head on by focusing our efforts on 600 of the worst hit villages across 5 districts: Jhabua, Alirajpur, Khandwa, Khargone, and Barwani.
Our strategy is to close the gap between the resources available and the families who need them by working closely with the Government of Madhya Pradesh to focus on malnutrition awareness, identification, treatment, and prevention and inserting simple, but innovative technologies and practices.
We employ 60 local women to act as Community Nutrition Educators to help empower communities to combat malnutrition and to identify children with severe acute malnutrition.
We believe that while the rates of childhood malnutrition remain at their current level, the government needs the assistance of grassroots organizations such as ours to increase the effectiveness of their flagship schemes, and increase community ownership of local resources and existing government programs at the village level. In the long term, our goal is to create an evidence-based model for the MP government to take over, and elevate the initiative to a scale only the government is capable of sustaining by integrating additional staff for community mobilization and outreach into the Integrated Child Development Services. Lessons from RMF’s program have already been applied to many Government of Madhya Pradesh programs, and we continue to share our locally developed tools with the government and other community based organizations.
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