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Feeding of infants and young children in tsunami affected villages in Pondicherry [India]

Author: Adhisivam, Srinivasan, Soudarssanane, Deepa. Indian Pediatr
Year: 2004
Resource type: Article

Feeding of infants and young children in tsunami affected villages in Pondicherry [India]. Adhisivam B, Srinivasan S, Soudarssanane MB, Deepa. Indian Pediatr. 2006 Aug;43(8):724-7

www.indianpediatrics.net/aug2006/724.pdf

A survey on the response to the tsunami in Tamil Nedu, where Nestlé formula was routinely distributed by NGOs, found that "64% NGOs, 76% social workers, 32% paramedical staff and 87% victims" were unaware of the importance of breastfeeding in emergency situations.

Studied 100 families found increase in form feeding and related increase in diarrhoea. The occurrence of diarrhea was three times higher among children who were fed with free breast milk substitutes (BMS) than in those who were not fed with the same.

The article is summarised in Field Exchange 29. The postscript provides further insight into what happened on the ground and should be read along with the article.

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Adhisivam, Srinivasan, Soudarssanane, Deepa. Indian Pediatr (2006). Feeding of infants and young children in tsunami affected villages in Pondicherry [India]. www.ennonline.net/iycftsunamipondicherry