With low birth weight and child deaths, malnourishment remains a big challenge for Centre's ambitious POSHAN Plan -Sneha Mordani
A government study shows children are not eating in spite of adequate food availability, while experts too say 90 per cent of kids in India may not be hungry in terms of hunger but they are hungry in terms of nutrition.
New Delhi: The central government’s ambitious POSHAN nutrition programme that focuses on the first 1,000 days of a newborn, including the nine-month pregnancy period, is staring at a major challenge: reducing malnourishment in the country. Several targets are likely to be missed, says a study, which is a joint initiative of the Indian Council of Medical Research, Public Health Foundation of India and the ministry of health and family welfare.
Comprehensive estimates of trends on key child and maternal malnourishment published in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health journal show that dietary deficiency continues to be the main reason for disease burden and death rate in children. This despite child mortality attributable to malnourishment dropping by two thirds since 1990. Malnutrition is, however, still the underlying risk factor for 68 per cent of the deaths in under-five children in India, and is the leading risk factor for disease burden in people of all ages.
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