The following is a translation of a note received from Ms. C. M. Thangam, a senior volunteer of the Anakavur Process regarding her taking the children’s group members of her village to the local nutrition and pre-school centre (anganwadi centre):
I took the members of the Cheyyatraivendran Children’s Group to the local anganwadi (nutrition & pre-school) centre last month. There were 15 children in the visiting group.
I requested Ms. Rani, the anaganwadi worker, to show the children round and explain to them the activities of the centre. Accordingly she showed them round and explained the following activities:
For 0-3 year old children: weighing and supply of supplementary nutrition to those who were found to be losing weight. (I explained to the children as to how weighing was the only reliable indicator that was locally available in the village in order to know the health and nutrition status of the children.)
For 3-6 year old children: provision of noon meal and pre-school education
For pregnant women: weighing and counseling about ante-natal care
For lactating women: advising on the importance of breastfeeding; both exclusive and complementary
Other Women: gathering them in groups and holding periodical meetings to discuss important aspects of nutrition and health
Adolescent Girls: counseling about need for taking iron tablets
Some of the visiting children evinced interest in finding out their own weights and the anganwadi worker readily obliged them.
Winding up the visit, I once again explained to them the activities of the anganwadi centre and added that the worker also helped the local Female Health Worker (known as the Village Health Nurse) in her activities, particularly those relating to immunization, distribution of tablets for filariasis, and counseling the pregnant women on ante-natal care, etc.
The children spent over an hour in the centre and were able to get an overview of the centre’s activities.
Posted: May 26th, 2010