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Anaemia is a public health emergency that needs to be addressed immediately -Alok Kumar & Vedeika Shekhar

ion people living on less than $1.90 (on a PPP basis) a day in 2011 to 48 million today. However, it is puzzling as to why the country has been unable to show a similar dynamism in its record against Malnutrition. Despite major government interventions — including providing highly subsidised foodgrains to the poorest 67 per cent of the population under the National Food Security Act (NFSA), a free Mid-day Meal Scheme (MDM) that targets around 10

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For a Malnutrition-free India -Shoba Suri

-The Hindu Effective monitoring and implementation of programmes are required for the country to achieve its goal by 2022 In this election season, it is important to keep promises made not just to voters, but also those made to improve the lives of children, the future of the nation. Despite programme commitments since 1975, such as creating Integrated Child Development Services and national coverage of the mid-day meal scheme, India continues to grapple with a high rate of undernutritio

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A festival of rash promises -Ashok Gulati

system must lead to policies that improve people’s welfare. The state’s first duty is to provide security to the lives and property of people. Next, it must eliminate poverty, hunger, and Malnutrition. The entire gamut of policies should work towards this fundamental objective. Our record on this front is mixed — the glass is only half full. That should be the central point of the debate in this election. Please click here to read

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Inside Jharkhand's Singhbhum, the worst constituency in India -Ashwaq Masoodi

-Livemint.com * Nearly 67% children in Singhbhum are underweight, the highest in India. More than half are stunted and a third suffer from wasting * In Jharkhand, Malnutrition is still an alien concept, and the lack of drinking water, ration or electricity supercedes need for healthcare Singhbhum: In the waiting room of a hospital ward in Jharkhand’s West Singhbhum district, Mukul Kalandiya is carefully holding something that from a d

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The Egg Debate Boils Over -- Will Governments Stop Playing With Children's Food? -Swati Narayan

o provide eggs to children in schools. Influenced by saffronised vegetarian lobbies, four years ago, Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan too had banned eggs in anganwadis despite high Malnutrition. In Jharkhand, one of the few tribal-dominated BJP-ruled states to serve eggs, last month in an unusual open-air picnic cabinet meeting, the chief minister, without any consultations, decided to reduce the number of eggs from three to two

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Everyone is afraid of data -Sonalde Desai

d above, suppression of the report, coupled with leaked data encouraged speculation by The Economist (July 2015) that the data were being suppressed because Gujarat must have fared poorly on reducing Malnutrition. It stated that Bihar had made much greater progress since the proportion of children who go hungry had been cut from 56% to 37% between 2005-6 and 2012-13, while the decline was much smaller in Gujarat, from 44.6% to 33.5%. Fourth, someti

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There's a hole in the data -Kiran Bhatty & Dipa Sinha

nnual cycle and policy pronouncements are not dovetailed to the years for which data is available. This raises important questions about the basis on which policies and plans are made. In the case of Malnutrition, which is a problem needing urgent solutions, there was no independent data telling us what the trends are for a long time — the National Family Health Survey (NFHS-4) report came out in 2017 after a gap of over 10 years (NFHS-3 was in

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Healthy diet matters -Shenggen Fan

-The Hindu Business Line Helps combat Malnutrition and climate change The global food system faces major challenges and trends related to rapid urbanisation, changing diets, climate change, political uncertainties, and anti-globalisation sentiments. At the same time, there has been growing recognition that, in addition to addressing multiple burdens of Malnutrition, there is an increasing need to se

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As India rethinks labour rules, one item not on the agenda: Childcare facilities for women workers -Mirai Chatterjee

-Scroll.in Full-day, quality childcare can make a crucial difference in India’s fight against Malnutrition, and can possibly enhance incomes of working women. Savitaben is a tobacco worker in Rasnol village, Gujarat. She has two young children under five years of age, and every morning she leaves them in a crèche run by the Self-Employed Women’s Association or SEWA, a trade union of over 15 lakh poor, self-employed women wor

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Forgotten again: 3 kids starve to death, fury gives way to apathy -Somreet Bhattacharya

uller. While police are still trying to trace the father, Mangal, the mother, Beena, returned to her village in West Bengal a few months later. The final inquiry into the deaths identified extreme Malnutrition as the cause. Neighbours said the children would crawl out of their room to defecate or vomit in the last few days of their lives as they were too weak to go to the toilet. Their mother too would lie down through the day. Mangal used to ru

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