New Delhi: Central government has built 1,151 Nutritional Rehabilitation Centers (NRC) across the country to provide facility-based care for children with Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) and medical complications.
These NRCs have been established under the National Health Mission (NHM). As per National Family Health Survey (NFHS 4, 2015-16), 7.5% of under children below the age of 5 years are severely wasted and 35.8% of children are underweight.
Children with Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) along with medical complications are referred from villages by frontline workers such ASHA and Anganwadi workers and admitted to NRCs as per the defined admission criteria. In order to improve their health conditions, medical and nutritional therapeutic care is provided during NRC stay.
As per the reports received from States/ UTs, 1.86 lakhs children below the age of 5 years were admitted in the NRCs in the year of 2017-18, out of which 1.17 lakhs children were discharged with the target weight gain.
Regular and periodic review of NRC functionality is carried out under child health program by central and state government teams including through Common Review Mission visits. Accordingly, specific recommendations are provided for improvement of NRC functionality and quality of service delivery.