Damoh district is largely dominated by the Gond tribe, where 38% of children below 5 years are underweight. The Antenatal Care and Postnatal Care services are poor, and the shortage of health infrastructure remains one of the reasons behind these alarming data.
To address these issues, the GVS team is working to improve health infrastructures, reduce neonatal, infant, child and maternal mortality rates and address nutritional anaemia as well as cases of malnutrition.
20 year old Laxmi Ahirwar lives in Mohad, a small village in Madhya Pradesh. Her husband works as a labourer and earns minimum wage.
During her pregnancy, Laxmi was found to be anaemic and was closely monitored by the CRY UK project team through regular home visits. They advised her to include iron-rich food in her diet and encouraged her to go for timely antenatal check-ups. Since her pregnancy was high risk due to her low weight, height and haemoglobin, her family was advised to take her to the district hospital.
Thanks to the timely intervention by the GVS team, tests were conducted and she was provided with the necessary medication and nutritional guidance to ensure her unborn baby develops in the best of health!
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