Nutrition support in Nepal earthquake: Activities highlights

The earthquake-affected populations especially the under five children, pregnant and lactating women and older persons were at an increased risk of moderate and severe acute malnutrition . This risk was coupled with lack of access to appropriate and adequate food, reduced access to health and nutrition services and presence of diseases like diarrhea, worm infestation etc.

Major activities

  • Nutritional assessment, referral and treatment of acute severe malnutrition among under five children in affected communities
  • Provided supplementary and complementary food (micronutrients and multivitamin supplementation) for under five children, pregnant and lactating mother in affected communities
  • Promoting exclusive breast feeding, complementary feeding, Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) in affected communities
  • Conducted Standardized Monitoring and Assessment of Relief and Transitions (SMART) survey  to assess the nutritional status in under five children
  • Created a Nutritional Vulnerability Index at village level based on food security level, Human Development Index (HDI), Stunting and Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) prevalence, percentage of completely destroyed house, coverage of WASH components and population

References

https://www.humanitarianresponse.info/en/operations/nepal
https://www.humanitarianresponse.info/en/operations/nepal/nutrition


My education includes training in medicine, public health, clinical research, biostatistics and health response in complex emergency. I have more than seven years of experiences in health research (Survey, Case control studies, Randomised Controlled Trials (RCT), Health Policy and Systems Research). My areas of expertise also include the project management particularly in health sector. I have also experience and interest to work in health emergency in large population in disaster setting.

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