HOW CUDDLES TACKLES MALNUTRITION

Identifying Hospitals

Identification of Hospitals where underprivileged kids go to seek treatment for Cancer.

Signing MOU

Signing of the MOU with the hospital (As of Apr 2017 – Operational in 19 Hospitals).

Hiring Nutritionists

Hiring Nutritionists with M.Sc in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics (As of October 2017 – 30 Nutritionists on rolls).

Training

In-house training of the nutritionists by trained professionals under guidance of Doctors in the specialized field of pediatric oncology nutrition.

Placement

The nutritionists are placed at the hospitals and work under the guidance of a Senior Pediatric Oncologist.

Roll-Out

Program roll-out with nutritional counselling, diet charts for children, care-giver counselling, hot meals, nutritional supplementation and ration baskets.

Monitoring

Ongoing monitoring of nutritional advice provided by the nutritionists and progress of the children.

OUR PROGRAMS

Nutritional Counselling and Intervention

We provide the hospital with nutritionists who assess the nutritional status of each child, plan nutritional intervention and counsel caregivers.

Nutritional Supplementation

The nutritionists prescribe various OTC products and supplements which are provided to the children free of cost.

Meal Supplementation

Fresh, nutritionally balanced, calorie appropriate hot meals are provided to every kid visiting the hospital OPD for treatment.

Monthly Ration Program

To reduce treatment abandonment by families, we provide a family of 3 with ration supplies for one month.

Caregiver Education Program

Group counselling workshops or parent support group meets are conducted at the hospitals to educate caregivers about nutrition and hygiene.

Knowledge and Research

We support the nutritional fellowship program of TATA Memorial Hospital where participants are trained by top local and international oncologists and experts in the field of nutrition about the science of nutrition for pediatric cancer patients.

OUR IMPACT

Our focus areas for impact are:

Providing much-needed holistic nutritional support to undernourished children (if we don’t exist the children won’t get this nutrition)

(#Approximately 30% are unique children, i.e., one child is counted once; the remainder of the 70% interactions include follow-up visits by the same children.)

Reduction in Abandonment rates

Families typically leave when they are unable to provide for their other children. With our food baskets and hot meals families get incentivised to stay and complete the treatment. *In a study done by the Tata Memorial Hospital, the treatment abandonment rates have gone down from 20% to 3.7% after holistic intervention. One of the biggest contributors to this positive trend is nutrition.

(Source:http://mumbaimirror.indiatimes.com/mumbai/other/fewer-kids-drop-out-of-chemo-due-to-new-diet-plan-at-tata-hospital/amp_articleshow/43836894.cms)

OUR PRESENCE

ANNUAL REPORTS