Nutrition and Health

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Healthcare and the lack of easy access to it prevent people from upward social and economic mobility in India. Healthcare facilities in India are difficult to access. Government hospitals, though technically free, are so overwhelmed by the incongruity between the massive population of patients and the deficiency of qualified medical staff that they cannot cope with the load. Rates of children suffering from under-nutrition in India remain high despite the economic growth. In India 20 per cent of children less than 5 years of age suffer from wasting due to acute under nutrition. More than one third of the world’s children who are wasted live in India (UNICEF).

Under-nutrition is substantially higher in rural than in urban areas and is responsible for 35% of deaths among children under 5 and 11% of the total global disease burden. Under nutrition often an invisible problem jeopardizes children’s survival, health, growth and development, and it slows national progress towards development goals.

According to the World Health Organization, a majority of the top 10 causes of death in India are both treatable and preventable. Therefore, to supplement the effort of the Government, many organisations are working in India to provide health care to people and improve the nutritional status of the children.

As a volunteer you will be working with healthcare centres or community based organisations and tasks will include :

  • Catering to the healthcare and nutritional needs of the rural community.
  • Organising health camps; providing health and nutritional education to children, youth/adolescent and community.
  • Conducting community awareness; facilitate training and capacity building for the health workers, community mobilisers on preventive, curative and rehabilitative health intervention.
  • Conduct surveys; documentations; designing appropriate IEC (Information, Education and Communication) materials on health and nutritional aspect.

The Info-sheet will have more information regarding the individual projects with schedules, and activities.

Note: Limited projects are available, and most require a minimum application of two months.