Malnutrition in India

Severe malnutrition in India is between 4.1 and 8.3 per cent according to the country’s National Family Health Survey (2006). This means there are around eight million severely malnourished children across the country, of which around 7,00,000 are in Bihar State.

MSF established a healthcare programme in Biraul, a block of 3,00,000 people in Darbhanga district of Bihar, for malnourished children. Since four years, they have treated more than 12,000 severely malnourished children under the age of five. Also run a ‘stabilisation’ centre where critically ill children, suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) with complications, can be admitted for round-the-clock observation.

Manish kr, 3 years old, who is affected by malnutrition, looks thought the door of Biraul Hospital, operated by MSF, Bihar State, India. Manish kr is hospitalized because suffers malnutrition. sam 0020 Suma Kumari holds her sister, Vumiya Kumani. They wait for a physical to see how goes Vumiya malnutrition at a mobile clinic in Patanya village operated by MSF, Bihar State, India. A boy cries while two ASHAs (Accredited Social Health Activists are community health workers) measure his arm to check how his malnutrition evolves, Patanya Village, Bihar State, India. Dundni Kumari is being weight at mobile clinic in Patanya village. 130326 Patanya, India clínica móvil madre: Pabitni devi, niño: Mahavir Kumar niña grande Suma Kumari, pequeñajo: vumiya Kumani enfermero Cyo Kukose, enfermera: Ignacia Kachap © Angel Navarrete
Ignacia Kachap, nurse, measures Parwati Kumari, 15 months, at a mobile clinic in Patanya village operated by MSF, Bihar State, India. Women wait to receive an EezeePaste Nut bunch, a semi liquid ready to use therapeutical food, to feed their children affected by malnutrition at the mobile clinic operated by MSF in Patanya village, Bihar State, India. Chandarkala Devi holds her child after the  Asha Miradevi Shela Devi makes an appetite test to her daughter, Parwati Kumari, at the mobile clinic operated by MSF in Patanya village, Bihar State, India. Anilya Devi holds her son who is affected by malnutrition at their house, Rampur village, Bihar State, India Vimal Devi feed her daughter, Raghu Kumar, at the mobile clinic in Patanya Village
sam 0130 A MSF worker learns how to detect malnutrition Seema Kerketa, nurse, inserts an iv to Laxmi Kri who suffers malnutrition at Biraul Hospital, operated by MSF, Bihar State, India Nakiullah, 14 months, has been hospitalized in Biraul Hospital because he suffers malnutrition, Bihar State, India Santi Devi holds her daughter, Laxmi Kri, at at Biraul Hospital, operated by MSF. Laxmi is hospitalized because she suffers malnutrition. Manish kr, 3 years old, drinks an EezeePaste Nut bunch, a semi liquid ready to use therapeutical food at Biraul Hospital, operated by MSF. Manish kr is hospitalized because suffers malnutrition