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Starvation continues to ravage India

India is a country of contrasts. One such contrast is the fact that it is one of the world’s largest food producers – and home to one quarter of the world’s peoples afflicted by starvation. This scenario is rooted in inequality. According to the World Food Programme, “in the last two decades, per capita income […]

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Disadvantaged from birth, India’s silent problem

Health issues for many children may begin long before they are even born. As many as twenty percent of Indian children are born stunted according to data from UNICEF. Such revelations means that a significant proportion of the child population is born with a condition that is marked as a key risk factor not just

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CNNS: Malnutrition’s continued burden in India

Malnutrition continues to be a significant public health and development burden in India, impacting the health of the nation’s children in manifold ways – as the Comprehensive National Nutrition Survey (CNNS) reminds us.  Recent Union Health Ministry data, based on the findings of the CNNS which was conducted between 2014 and 2018, found high prevalences

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Government to measure stunting levels

India has more children considered to be stunted than any other nation by a clear margin. The latest figures suggest there are around 46.6 million children who are stunted in the country. The government is assessing a number of parameters to be used to measure stunted growth in children in an attempt to see how

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Malnutrition: Responsible for two-thirds of child deaths

Malnutrition was responsible for almost seventy percent of child deaths in India in 2017, a recent review of data has revealed. Every state in India lost more lives of children under five to malnutrition than to any other cause, the review revealed, with 68.2 percent of total child deaths in the country caused by malnourishment.

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National Nutrition Month: Can India be malnutrition-free by 2022?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has pledged to make India malnutrition-free by 2022 and in a bid to do so September is being observed as Rashtriya Poshan Maah – National Nutrition Month – to raise awareness about nutrition.  The objective is to reduce the number of instances of newborn babies with low birth weight, children with

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Progress on health goals deemed dismal by UN

India’s progress in achieving health goals has been deemed “dismal” by the 2018 global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI), released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). India has made huge strides towards some health goals within the last few decades. The eradication of polio is perhaps the most notable of India’s health success stories. However,

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Save the Children gives India its scorecard on child health

“Basic education links the children, whether of cities or the villages, to all that is best and lasting in us.”  – Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi   This sentiment – that being the centric role played by children in their country’s future – has been laid bare in the latest report released by Save the Children in

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Let’s talk about malnutrition

Elections begin this week, and it is worth appraising India’s diversity: not only evident in its cultural landscape but also in the distribution of wealth and wellness. Even as 22 percent of its population lives below the poverty line, India is home to 84 of the world’s billionaires according to Forbes 2016. India is the

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Not only does stunting impair growth, it impairs earnings too

Stunting during childhood reduces earnings later in life, in bad news for the millions of Indian children who suffer from the condition. Stunting refers to when a child is not tall enough for their age. The condition is generally caused by malnutrition or repeated infections. Prevalence of the condition in India is high, affecting 38.4

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