Pregnant women, new mother and children bear the brunt of food crisis

Kalawati Bista, 26, of Humla’s remote Maila VDC is nine-month pregnant. Though her delivery date is approaching fast, she does not get to eat enough or nutritious food. Bista is well aware that a balanced diet and nutritious food are vital to pregnant women, but acute food crunch in the district does not allow her to follow a diet. “Due to the prolonged drought this year, we failed to harvest enough grains. My family is surviving with one meal a day,” she said. The residents of a number of VDCs in the mid and far-western development region have been facing a hard time due to the long drought, while children, pregnant women and new mothers are the hardest hit by the food crunch. Though health workers have informed Bista that she is suffering from malnutrition, she has no option but to pray to god for the good health of her baby.

Source: The Himalayan Times
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