As we interacted with the parents and children, we came to know that some of the children had more than two siblings. The Deepalaya staff at SDMC School thought to conduct an awareness session on family planning. Accordingly, a nutrition camp was organized for the mothers and other community women of the area on 18th July, 2017. The main aim of the camp was to promote low-cost nutrition amongst women for better health and also to make the mothers aware about the kind of precautions they can take to control birth and reproductive health.
They were told how they can make their day-to-day food interesting so that the children are motivated to eat food cooked at home instead of the unhealthy outside food. The women were informed that why should we include protein-rich diet in our food. Ms. Nonita informed protein is necessary for bone health, especially for growing children. Deficiency of protein leads to kwashiorkor and marasmus, which is a severe form of malnutrition resulting into deformation of body. Children suffering from these diseases are characterized by bloated stomach and very thin arms and legs.