- The Nutritional Rehabilitation Centres are facility based care units where severely acute malnourished (SAM) children below five years are admitted with their mothers/ care givers for treatment, stabilization and rehabilitation. The Mothers/ Care Giver stay with the children at the NRCs and attend counseling sessions on how to take care of the SAM child after discharge from the NRC. Special foods, nutritional supplements, medicines are administered according to the guidelines of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
Screening practices for SAM in the community to improve bed occupancy in NRCs
- -> Frontline community workers (AWW, ASHA, ANM) identify children with SAM by using simple Mid Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) tape. Regular growth monitoring at the Anganwadi centre or during Village Health and Nutrition Day is an opportunity for active case finding.
- -> RBSK Team identifies children with SAM during their routine visit to AWCs.
- -> The Social Welfare department does regular growth monitoring of each and every child at AWC and identified children with SAM are refered to the NRC.
- -> Doctors at OPD identify children with SAM and refer them to the NRC.
- -> Special Camps may be arranged by the NRC staff to identify children with SAM and refer to the NRC.