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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 47  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 272-276
Performance appraisal of nutritional rehabilitation centers in central India: A retrospective facility-based descriptive study

1 Department of Community Medicine, Raipur Institute of Medical Sciences, Raipur, Chhattisgarh, India
2 Department of Community and Family Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Raipur, Chhattisgarh, India
3 Centre for Health Research and Development, Society for Applied Studies, New Delhi, India

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Dr. Mohan Kumar
Centre for Health Research and Development, Society for Applied Studies, New Delhi - 110 016
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijcm.ijcm_776_21

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Background: Nutritional rehabilitation centers (NRCs) were established with the objective of providing institutional care to malnourished children and building the capacity of the primary caregivers of these children. Objectives and Methodology: The objective of this study was to assess the effect of nutritional interventional measures undertaken at NRCs in improving the nutritional status of admitted children; a retrospective facility-based descriptive study was conducted using the monthly performance reports (March 2015 to November 2019) of all NRCs in Dhamtari district, Chhattisgarh. Results: Of the 3171 children registered in the NRCs, the majority were 1–3 years of age (59.22%), female children (55.50%), and from Other Backward Class caste category (56.79%). The district records a cure rate of 56.12%, death rate of 0.03%, and defaulter rate of 4.71%, with an average length of stay being 16.5 days. NRCs of Dhamtari district had less than acceptable level of recovery/cure rate though death rate and defaulter rate were within acceptable standards. Conclusion: Lower cure rate along with lower defaulter rate and death rate with more than recommended length of stay reflects the below-average performance of the NRCs in the district.

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