NEPAL / CHILDREN NUTRITION

20-Jul-2015 00:02:11
On 25 May, a month after the 7.8 Richter scale earthquake struck Nepal, UNICEF, in partnership with Youth for World Nepal, a local non-governmental organization (NGO) helped a local District Health Office launch an emergency nutrition program. UNICEF
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STORY: NEPAL / CHILDREN NUTRITION
TRT: 02:11
SOURCE: UNICEF
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: NEPALI / NATS
DATELINE: 28 – 29 JUNE 2015, Dhuseni Siwalaya Village Development Committee, Kavrepalanchok, NEPAL
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1.Wide shot, mountains seen from Dhuseni Siwalaya Village
2.Med shot, pan of land around Bimal Shrestha’s home
3.Med shot, Bimal Shrestha walking out of destroyed home
4.Med shot, Bimal Shrestha’s children
5.Med shot, Bimal’s son being washed by mother
6.Close up, boys feet
7.Med shot, boys sitting eating with Bimal
8.SOUNDBITE (Nepali) Bimal Shrestha, father:
“They gave some vitamins (RUTF) and taught us how to give it to the baby. So we learnt and followed instructions.”
9.Med shot, Bimal’ house interior
10. SOUNDBITE (Nepali) Bimal Shrestha, father:
“There is a huge difference in their condition before and after. They gained good weight compared to before, they eat and have gained weight. When we weigh them, we see their improvement.”
11.Med shot, girl having arm measured by MUAC
12.Close up, girls arm with MUAC
13.Med shot, women and children gather outside of health screening facility
14.Med shot, health volunteer explaining medicine
15.Med shot, baby being screened for malnutrition using MUAC
16.Close up, baby’s arm
17.Med shot, baby weighed with sling
18.Med shot, boy having height measured
19.Med shot, children gathered outside
20.Close up, baby’s face
21.Close up, two children’s faces
22.SOUNDBITE (Nepali) Mahendra Khadka, Health worker Dhuseni Siwalaya health post:
“After screening children, we now have more cases. We did not have screening before. Nobody had any idea about screening. Even the female community health volunteers had no knowledge about nutrition. They have been trained only recently.”
23.Close up, Bimal’s sons eating RUTF
24.Close up, children eating on mat
25.Close up, adding health supplement to food
26.Med shot, mother and children prepare food
27.Close up, boy eating food
STORYLINE
Bishal Shrestha, 6, had spent most of his life frequenting health clinics due to his chronic pneumonic condition ever since he was 22 days old. Throughout the years, Bishal’s worsening health had also been causing psychological impact on the whole family due to mounting fears that he would not live long.

With the turn of the tide, just when Bishal’s condition had severely worsened, a UNICEF-supported emergency nutrition program eventually rescued him.

On 25 May, a month after the 7.8 Richter scale earthquake struck Nepal, UNICEF, in partnership with Youth for World Nepal, a local non-governmental organization (NGO) helped the local District Health Office launch an emergency nutrition program at the newly established Outpatient Therapeutic Program (OTP) centre in the district.

The staff at the centre and the female community health volunteers (FCHV) were trained on monitoring nutrition status. One of the FCHVs trained by UNICEF identified Bishal as having severe acute malnutrition and urged his parents to urgently visit the newly established Outpatient Therapeutic Program Centre.

Even Bishal’s younger brother, two-year-old Himal was found to be having severe acute malnutrition. The OTP centre provided Bishal’s parents with the ‘Ready to Use Therapeutic Food’ (RUTF), a peanut-butter paste mixed with dried skimmed milk, vitamins and materials, which can be consumed directly by the child or mixed in food. Bishal showed rapid progress in his nutrition status.

During the child nutrition week conducted June 28-July 4, UNICEF supported the Ministry of Health and partners to accelerate delivery of essential nutrition services to over 500,000 children and women in the 14 most affected districts.
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