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Singh K.,Child Nutrition and Development Programme | Badgaiyan N.,Child Nutrition and Development Programme | Ranjan A.,Child Nutrition and Development Programme | Dixit H.O.,National Rural Health Mission | And 3 more authors.
Indian Pediatrics | Year: 2014

Objective: To assess the effectiveness of facility-based care for children with severe acute malnutrition (SAM) in Nutrition Rehabilitation Centers (NRC). Design: Review of data. Setting: 12 NRCs in Uttar Pradesh, India. Participants: Children admitted to NRCs (Jan 1, 2010 - Dec 31, 2011). Intervention: Detection and treatment of SAM with locally-adapted protocols. Outcomes: Survival, default, discharge, and recovery rates. Results: 54.6% of the total 1,229 children admitted were boys, 81.6% were in the age group 6-23 months old, 86% belonged to scheduled tribes, scheduled castes, or other backward castes, and 42% had edema or medical complications. Of the 1,181 program exits, 14 (1.2%) children died, 657 (47.2%) children defaulted, and 610 (51.7%) children were discharged The average (SD) weight gain was 12.1 (7.3) g/kg body weight/day and the average (SD) length of stay was 13.2 (5.6) days. 206 (46.8%) children were discharged after recovery (weight gain ≥15%) while 324 (53.2%) were discharged, non-recovered (weight gain <15%) Conclusions: NRCs provide life-saving care for children with SAM; however, the protocols and therapeutic foods currently used need to be improved to ensure the full recovery of all children admitted. © 2014 Indian Academy of Pediatrics.

Aguayo V.M.,Child Nutrition and Development Programme | Paintal K.,Child Nutrition and Development Programme | Singh G.,Child Nutrition and Development Programme
Public Health Nutrition | Year: 2013

Objective To document the scale-up of India's Adolescent Girls' Anaemia Control Programme following a knowledge-centred framework for scaling up nutrition interventions and to identify the critical elements of and lessons learned from a decade of programme experience for the control of anaemia in adolescent girls. Design We reviewed all articles, programme and project reports, and baseline and endline assessments published between 1995 and 2012 regarding the control of anaemia through intermittent iron and folic acid supplementation; key programme specialists and managers were interviewed to complete or verify information wherever needed. Setting India. Subjects Adolescent girls. Results The scale-up of India's Adolescent Girls' Anaemia Control Programme followed a knowledge-centred programme cycle comprising five phases: Evidence, Innovation, Evaluation, Replication and Universalization. By the end of 2011, the programme was being rolled out in thirteen states and was reaching 27·6 million adolescent girls of whom 16·3 million were school-going girls and 11·3 million were out-of-school girls. Building on the critical elements of and lessons learned from the programme, the Government of India launched in 2012 the national Weekly Iron and Folic Acid Supplementation (WIFS) programme to universalize the benefits of anaemia control to the overall population of Indian adolescents. Conclusions The Adolescent Girls' Anaemia Control Programme in India provides a good example of how a knowledge-centred approach can successfully guide the scaling up of public health nutrition interventions and facilitate intersectoral convergence among different government departments and development partners to break the inter-generational cycle of undernutrition and deprivation. Copyright © The Authors 2013.

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