Nutrition Support-Children with Cancer

To ensure all children fighting cancer have a chance at cure through clinical nutritional care. This done through our program called #FoodHeals. Beneficiaries are underprivileged children with cancer.

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UnLtd India

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Market of Implementation

  • India

Problem

Malnutrition in children afflicted with cancer. Malnutrition is one of the main reasons for reduced survival rates amongst children with cancer: A study from AIIMS, New Delhi, pegged undernourishment for child cancer patients at 30-40%. The prevalence of malnutrition in children with cancer is a significant cause of decreased survival, especially in low-income countries.
  • Reduced survival: In India, approximately 30%-50% of children with cancer are diagnosed with severe-acute malnutrition at diagnosis. The WHO reports that one third of deaths from cancer are attributed to behavioral and dietary risks.
  • Increased abandonment of therapy: Abandonment of therapy is more likely in children who are malnourished compared to well-nourished children. Nutritional diets and supportive care reduce treatment dropout rates by over 80% among children with cancer.
  • Increased side-effects: Nutritional status impacts side-effects from therapy.

Solution

Our FoodHeals Program works at 4 levels
  • Deploy Nutritionists in government and charity cancer hospitals
  • Counselling and Diet Planning: Our nutritionist assesses a child’s grade of malnourishment, plans her diet and monitors her progress.
  • Provide Food Aid: We provide food like eggs, bananas, dry fruits, ghee, milkshake and lassi. Based on the need, nutritional supplements like Pediasure, Pediagold, Threptin Biscuits, feeding tubes are provided. We serve fresh, nutritionally balanced, calorie appropriate hot meals to every child visiting the hospital OPD for treatment.
  • Caregiver Support: We conduct parent support group meets to educate caregivers about nutrition and hygiene. We also help caregivers with coping mechanisms and emotional support through the child’s treatment cycle. We provide moms with necessary counsel on cooking nutritionally appropriate meals, helping them with recipes so the child is looked after even after she is discharged and cure.

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