Malnutrition prevents normal development of infants and leads to early death. All critical organ systems with in humans are negatively impacted by macro and micronutrient deficiencies. Malnourished infants unfortunately suffer from recurrent infections further stunting their growth and eventually leading to permanent physical, cognitive, behavioral, and health deficits. Nearly half of the children living in rural and tribal communities throughout India suffer from some degree of malnutrition.
According to the National Institute of Nutrition in Hyderabad, India:
About 50% of children are malnourished, underweight, suffer from stunted growth
0.5 % prevalence of impaired vision as a result of Vitamin A deficiency amongst children from the age of 1-5
Tribal communities are worse off nutritionally than rural counterparts
35% of men and women had energy deficiency determined by BMI less than 18.5
Improving the nourishment of pregnant women, children, and adults in rural societies is critical to improving public health and preventing disease. By enhancing access to adequate nutrition, you can improve the health of entire communities leading to educational development and diminished poverty.
At UHRU, our goal is to improve the health and education of rural communities so that they can become self-sufficient and empowered. Please consider donating, each and every dollar donated goes a very long ways.