New Delhi: Tackling malnutrition is not a difficult task and a grassroot level approach that works with communities - particularly tribal and rural areas - and teaching them simple measures will help in addressing the issue, NGOs said here Friday."Malnutrition is not rocket science. It can be tackled with simple measures. It is not a question of food intake only, health and sanitation play a vital role. Many in rural, tribal areas still don`t wash their children`s hands before a meal or cut infants` nails regularly. They should be sensitised about these steps," said Ashish Satav, founder of NGO Mahan Trust.NGOs working at grassroot levels with villages and tribal communities to eradicate malnutrition shared the best practices on how to combat child malnutrition at an event organised by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) CSR centre for excellence and Glenmark, a pharma firm."I have seen how a two-year-old tribal child, who was affected by pneumonia, died as she was not given treatment. Instead, they had put a garlic garland around her neck and were praying to the local deity in Malghat village in Maharashtra. We started home-based childcare in the village and taught mothers and village healthcare workers what is diarrhea, pneumonia and sanitation," Satav said.
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