One patchwork solution is to provide nutritional supplements to children through the Integrated Child Development Scheme in the Anganwadis and the Midday Meal Scheme in Schools and provide Nutrition Rehabilitation Centres for the treatment of the severely malnourished children who are on the verge of death. However, in remote areas this patchwork system also does not work. Recently there were deaths of five children in Vakvi village in Alirajpur due to there being so weak that their immune system did not work efficiently enough when they were struck by malaria. The Khedut Mazdoor Chetna Sangath immediately brought the matter to the notice of the administration and a medical team was rushed to the village. The medical team first went by a particular route and could not reach the village because there was no motorable road to it from the Madhya Pradesh side. They had to then go via Gujarat to the village.
Given this sorry state of the State apparatus the KMCS undertakes its own nutrition rehabilitation programme wherein severely grade three malnourished children are identified and provided with nutritional supplements over an extended period of time to rehabilitate them. Below is the picture of Dhudhria in Akdia village at the beginning of the year when his weight was only 8.1 kgs when it should have been more than 9 kgs.
However thereafter the KMCS provided his family with support for feeding him well and explained the various measures that had to be taken to improve his nutritional level. As a result in September his weight had increased to 11.3 kgs. The difference in health is visible from the picture below.
These are all half measures and will not be able to solve the large scale problem of food scarcity that sits like a curse on the poor in this country and denies them nutritional justice. So the KMCS programme of action consists of improving the livelihoods of the people in Alirajpur so that they can access more food themselves without having to rely on doles from various Government or Non-Government agencies.