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Cuddles Foundation: Providing nutrition support for childhood cancer patients in India

Cuddles Foundation is providing clinical nutritional care for childhood cancer patients in India to increase the chances of recovery.

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Market of Implementation

  • India

Problem

In India, malnutrition is one of the key factor for reduced survivability amongst children with cancer. A study from AIIMS, New Delhi, found that 30-40% of child cancer patients were undernourished. This prevalence of malnutrition in children with cancer is a significant cause of decreased survival, especially in low-income countries.


If left untreated, this could lead to a significant increase in mortality rate. With a compelling number of children diagnosed with severe-acute malnutrition at diagnosis, the WHO reports that one third of deaths from cancer can be attributed to behavioral and dietary risks. To make matters worse, abandoning therapy are more likely in children who are malnourished; and for those who stay, their nutritional status could prove detrimental to the side-effects from therapy.

It is evident that this is a urgent issue at hand. This indicates that there is a pressing need to tackle the issue of malnutrition for the children in India to support their recovery.

Solution

At Cuddles Foundation, we aim to address the issue of malnutrition in children with cancer through our program, FoodHeals, in the following ways:


  • On-Site Support - 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.
  • Food Aid Provision - 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 cured.

For more information on our work, do refer to our Slide Deck.

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