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Inspired Internship in IndiaInspired Internship in India

Mette and Nathali's inspiration from the classroom resulted in an internship in India

 Nathali and Mette with Indian children

49% of the underweight children in the world live in India

Danish - Indian Childcare are supporting various NGOs in north and south India working with underprivileged children and we visited four of them in, accordingly, New Delhi, Bangalore, Arni, and the small village Kalambur with the aim of assessing the health situation as well as getting to know the daily life of an NGO. We focused especially on anthropometric measurements to establish the prevalence of underweight, stunted and wasted children in order to, together with Danish - Indian Childcare, plan how health projects are best carried out in the future. In 2011 these projects will, with our help, focus on e.g. food safety, basic health and nutrition awareness, and special needs of the most undernourished children. We joined Danish - Indian Childcare after our internship and are now coordinators for the Danish – Indian department of ‘Health and Nutrition’ as well as members of the board.

many Indian children are malnourished, despite adequate calorie consumption

The reason for choosing India as the place for our internship, was that we had worked with India on two assignments and were astonished by the fact that 49% of the underweight children in the world live in India, which is only aggravated by increasing poverty as well as the lack of knowledge about basic hygiene and food safety within the country. Additionally many Indian children are malnourished, despite adequate calorie consumption and an insufficient intake of vitamin A, iron, and iodine are contributing to the high prevalence of wasting and stunting. These issues are avoided in the media and for that reason unknown to the public, which we felt was misinformation about the global health and nutrition status. Therefore we feel privileged to work with Danish – Indian Childcare and thereby help to put focus on this matter.    

Mette Mølgaard and Nathali Lehmann Schumann

Danish - Indian Children care