Ravita, a two-year-old, is inquisitive and curious as she ought to be like others of her age. Her mother replies to all her queries, but misses some most of the time. It looks like one small happy family with her mother, grandmother and father alongside her. But a year back, things were not all fine and happy. She was suffering from life-threatening Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) and her family was dejected about her condition, until they came across POSHAN programme. The Sahariya tribe Ravita belongs to is one of the most vulnerable tribal groups in Southern Rajasthan. Her village ‘Kushalpura’ at ‘Shahabad’ block is one of the remotest in Baran district which remains mostly barren throughout the year, a reason which drives many to become migrants. Some like her parents often find petty work at the agricultural fields nearby as daily wage labourers. When moving out to work, her parents often left her in the care of her grandmother who fed her with anything little that was at home without realising the nutritional requirements of the child.Time passed and Ravita fell sick with diarrhoeal issues, lack of appetite, and became lethargic. The lack of child care practices among the family, deteriorated her condition. Out of desperation, her parents took her to a local quack in the village, but to no avail. Things went out of control and after counseling by the community mobilizers, her parents took her to a Malnutrition Treatment Centre (MTC) where she stayed for a few days and after she showed signs of recovery, she was discharged. But because of continuous engagement of the parents in the fields and lack of care again deteriorated her condition- both physical and cognitive developments. They again sought treatment at MTC, but financial burden took toll and made the parents leave the treatment midway again as the family found it difficult to stay in MTC.During the next six months, Ravita’s growth fluctuated more often until the government of Rajasthan launched the phase-II of the POSHAN programme at Baran. Now as the treatment was just a doorstep away, the parents could completely do away with their trips to MTC. Also they could maintain a balance between their work and family life. Within eight weeks of undertaking the programme she grew healthy. The POSHAN programme effectively changed the life of Ravita and her family and perhaps of many more like her.SUDDEN TRANSFORMATIONRavita’s growth fluctuated more often until the government of Rajasthan launched the phase-II of the POSHAN programme at Baran. Now as the treatment was just a doorstep away, the parents could completely do away with their trips to MTC. Also they could maintain a balance between their work and family life. Within eight weeks of undertaking the programme the child grew healthy.
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