Decades have passed since India attained freedom and in these numerous decades, our country has defined new realms of success in every field but the problem of malnutrition and improper installation of health facilities is still a threat to its pace of development. According to a report, nearly 43 % of the children under the age of 5 years are underweight and approximately 19.3% of them were suffering from malnutrition in 2013.
As a small attempt to fight this, Pragat-I, the Social Sensitivity cell of IIM Indore, and the students organized a health camp in Government Primary School Nawada, Indore on March 4, 2015. IIM Indore’s Medical Officer Dr. Rekha and her team assisted Pragat-I in this effort.
With the focus on early detection of deficiencies and diagnosis of general health of children, Pragat-I distributed calcium, iron and vitamin tablets amongst the children after a thorough eye check-up. The event saw an enthusiastic response with an active participation of 55 students.
Started in 2013, the school adoption programme of IIM Indore will complete 2 years in October 2015. The Institute has chalked out the plans to conduct such health camps throughout the year in these schools. To track the improvements in health and education level of children in these schools, IIM Indore is also planning to use data and social analytics tools.