68% of child deaths in India due to malnutrition, says study
The study says that even though malnutrition has come down over the years, it is still the leading cause of death among children below five years in India
New Delhi: Malnutrition is still the cause of 68 per cent deaths in children under five years in India, a study done jointly by Indian and international agencies has revealed.
The study, published in the peer-reviewed journal The Lancet, examined the period from 1990 to 2017 to gauge the state-wise health disease burden in the country. It was conducted by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Public Health Foundation of India, and Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, with the help of the ministry of health and family welfare.
The study observed that though the quantum of malnutrition-related deaths in children has come down by two-third since 1990, it is still the cause of 68 per cent of such deaths in the country.
A key metric devised by the researchers to quantify the disease burden attributable to malnutrition was disability-adjusted life years (DALY), which the researchers explained as the “sum of number of years of life lost due to premature death and a weighted measure of the years lived with disability due to a disease or an injury.”
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