Even to this day, a large number of women and children lack access to proper nutrition and at times go to bed on an empty stomach. Malnutrition is still a major cause for concern and thousands of women and children do not have access to a healthy diet because of which their growth is stunted.
If a woman is malnourished during pregnancy, or if her child is malnourished during the first two years of life, the child's physical and mental growth and development may be slowed. This cannot be made up when the child is older, it will affect the child for the rest of his or her life. Malnutrition in children is not affected by food intake alone; it is also influenced by access to health services, quality of care for the child and pregnant mother as well as good hygiene practices. Girls are more at risk of malnutrition than boys because of their lower social status.
Good nutrition requires that women, especially those who intend to get pregnant, eat a diet high in calories, proteins, and micronutrients. Healthy mothers are children's first line of defense against death, malnutrition, and a cycle of poverty and disease
CARE India’s project BRIDDHI
, seeks to ensure remarkable improvement in the nutritional status of severely malnourished women and children between the age group of 3 to 6. We aim to achieve this by transforming eating habits of marginalized communities, for a healthier future.
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