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#blogladesh a lesson in nutrition
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On the outside looking in to a community session for Mums about nutrition.

And on the inside, this is what is under discussion today. A crowd of Mums and small children gather around the healthworker to learn about a balanced diet. This is such a clever way to demonstrate it – the food groups are all placed in a bowl which sits on bricks. In the bowl, you can probably spot rice, okra, lentils and oil which all go to provide balanced nutrition for weaned infants and children. The food is removed piece by piece and so are the bricks so it all falls down. It is such a simple idea, there are no complicated charts involved or calorie counts or illustrations of food groups – and it is highly pragmatic and really works.

This is run by Save the Children and is helping Mums to feed the right foods in equal measure. The Mums all share their experiences, so if one of them has just stopped breast feeding and has started their child on solids, the knowledge pool is shared.

This kind of education helps children grow strong and means they can fend off the common illnesses a lot better. Mothers are encouraged to breastfeed their children for a minimum of six months and preferably for up to two years. This is really helping to wipe out incidences of diseases which are a result of malnutrition; rickets, beriberi, kwashiorkor are on the decrease. Child health in Barisal is improving and the children we met looked healthy and vital. Height is improving too, another sign that nutritional awareness is key.

This simple solution of nutrition on a plate is a brilliant one.

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  2. Livi says:

    Fantastic idea. It’s good to know that there is lots of positive things happened out there as well as the awful stuff

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