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Here’s How This 26 Y.O. Man Is Providing Nutrition To Malnourished Kids In India

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  •  November 11, 2016


Unforunately, the children around the world are fighting their own war against hunger. And, India ranks 20th on the Global Hunger Index and has the highest number of malnourished kids.

You just need to walk around a street or pass through a slum area near you to spot so many kids fighting with their own hunger and body just to survive.

Now, a 26-year-old man, MV Ramesh has come up with a solution to provide adequate nourishment to the malnourished children.

Mahesh was a student of PESIT, Bengaluru, five years ago, when he thought of the idea of growing spirulina, which is a single-celled organism with a spiral physical configuration that comes from the blue-green freshwater algae.

Mahesh shared in an interview with The Logical Indian, “If you consider protein, milk has 4%, beet, jowar has 8%, meat and egg have 14-18%, while spirulina has more than 65% protein. Vitamin A deficiency is the major problem in India. Spirulina has 25 times more Vitamin A than carrots. Iron content is 50 times more in spirulina than in spinach. It has DHA, and also has vitamin b12, which is not available in any plant source.”

Mahesh went to Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI) in Mysore and studied about spirulina. His research showed that it is 100% natural, cost effective and is the best solution for malnutrition. He also found out that India is the largest exporter of spirulina in the world.

Then, he became a full-time spirulina cultivator in Tumakuru district of Karnataka.

I wanted to take spirulina to the common people. So I took the initiative to a local orphanage with 110 kids. I found every week that at least 8-10 kids were going to the hospital due to issues caused by malnutrition. But after taking Spirulina every day, no body went to the hospital for the next three months,” he told.

Later, he founded the Spirulina Foundation and associated with the Women & Child Development Department to improve the nutritional status of malnourished children and lactating mothers.

The Karnataka Government has now introduced a new scheme called Bala Poshna aiming towards providing spirulina as a nutritional supplement to 25,000 kids suffering from acute malnutrition as a part of Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS).

“With the help of Karnataka Government, several initiatives were laid in Tumakuru, Hassan, and Raichur districts. The project was also reached out to the flood-hit areas of Uttarakhand in 2014, where there was a dearth of food,” said Ramesh.

JWB lauds the efforts of Ramesh in building a nourished and healthy future of India.

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