Field Stories

With breastfeeding and kangaroo mother care, baby Prapti gets a healthier start to life

In the village of Gayag, in Gujarat, India, 27-year-old Ilaben endured a difficult pregnancy before giving birth to her daughter, Prapti. Delivered early (pre-term) by caesarean-section, Prapti had a very low birthweight of only 1,380 grams and spent her first days in the neonatal intensive care unit. In the hospital she was tube-fed formula milk for two weeks, until she had gained enough weight to be taken home.

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The power of zinc: Nowfel’s story

Nowfel is a young boy who lives with his family in the Pirojpur district of Bangladesh. At just 23 months old, he is the youngest child in his house. One day, Nowfel developed diarrhoea, as he frequently did. However, this time, the episodes did not reduce and took longer and longer to subside. Usually smiling
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