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Nutrition Rehabilitation Centres refers to a unit for ‘inpatient, centre based’ care of children with severe malnutrition. Children with Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) are usually treated either in facility/hospital based care units without medical complications. Under nutrition is associated with high rates of mortality and morbidity due to common childhood illness including diarrhoea, acute respiratory infections, malaria and measles. To prevent deaths due to severe acute malnutrition (SAM) specialized treatment and prevention interventions are required. In Karnataka there are 32 Nutrition Rehabilitation Centres at district level, 21 are attached to district hospitals and 11 are attached to medical colleges. Usually they are either 20 bed or 10 bed capacity. They should have trained medical officer, staff nurses and diet counsellors.


At taluk level the facility based care unit are referred to as Modified Nutrition Rehabilitation Centre with 5 beds. There are 27 MNRC located at identified taluk level hospitals. These are referred rehabilitation centres with trained medical officers and staff nurses where SAM children are referred from primary health centres. 
Children and mother/care taker will stay for a maximum of 14 days. In addition to providing nutritious food to children, awareness is being created to mothers /care takers on preparation of nutritious food. An amount of Rs.174/- to compensate the loss of wages and Rs.50/- for food is being provided.​