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Recent research shows positive association between adolescent pregnancy & under-nutrition among children

during 2016. A new study, which has been published recently in the prestigious Lancet Child & Adolescent Health journal, aims to explain the negative impact of childbearing at an early age on nutritional outcomes among children. The paper, which has been co-authored by Phuong Hong Nguyen, Samuel Scott, Sumanta Neupane, Lan Mai Tran, and Purnima Menon – all from International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) -- found that adolescent

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31.4% of Indian children will be stunted by 2022: report

-The Hindu Country needs to double its efforts to control malnutrition Almost one in three Indian children under five years will still be stunted by 2022 going by current trends, according to an analysis of the country’s food and nutrition security released on Tuesday. Over the last decade, child stunting — which is a measure of chronic malnutrition<

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Dr. Arun Shah, a Muzaffarpur-based paediatrician, interviewed by Banjot Kaur (Down to Earth)

has been grossly misinterpreted. Its main finding was that this fruit contains a toxin called methylenecyclopropylglycine (MCPG). But the authors never blamed litchi for AES. The causal factor is malnutrition and not litchi. The luscious fruit is only a triggering factor for malnourished children as the toxin MCPG can lead to hypoglycaemia (fall in sugar levels). So, if a healthy child eats litchi, s/he will not suffer from AES. The governments, b

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Muzzaffarpur: Anganwadi and Asha workers, who should have conducted awareness drive and monitored food intake of children, were on poll duty - Aanchal Bansal

le litchi is mostly being blamed for the outbreak of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district that has claimed lives of more than 100 children, experts maintain that malnutrition and the recently-held Lok Sabha elections are actual culprits. According to Muzaffarpur-based Dr Arun Shah of the Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP), the Nitish Kumar government failed to implement the guidelines drafted in 2015 to prevent a

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Fix healthcare now, or future shock is certain -Patralekha Chatterjee

ed at various hospitals. There are several theories about what caused such a large number of deaths this year. A combination of various factors — litchi toxins, extreme heat and humidity and malnutrition are seen to be responsible. It comes as no surprise that in the early days, the blame for the AES outbreak was sought to be pinned on the litchi or rather a toxin in the fruit. This toxin reduces blood sugar. But we now know that overemphasis

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Heat, lack of nutrition, awareness add to AES, Bihar kids toll over 100 -Santosh Singh

e governments over reports of increasing AES-linked deaths of children in Muzaffarpur, and sought a report within four weeks. Muzaffarpur, Patna: FROM THE intense summer heat this year to lack of nutrition programmes, effective awareness campaigns and a full-fledged local health facility. According to medical experts and officials, these are the key reasons behind a spurt in cases of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in north Bihar — from

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Eggs likely to be on menu for pre-primary students in Karnataka -Tanu Kulkarni

as instead. The other food items proposed include jaggery peanut chikki four times a week and green gram twice a week as snacks. For lunch, the students will be served sambar rice or wheat payasa. nutritionists feel that introducing egg in the child’s diet is essential as it will help combat malnutrition, which is prevalent in urban and rural Karnataka. As per the National Family Health Survey 4 (N

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Shaky building blocks -Shailaja Menon

evelopment are critical. However, the analysis presented on why children fail to learn to read and write largely points to factors surrounding the teaching and learning process — the health and nutritional status of children, high student-teacher ratios, and so on. While each of these factors is undoubtedly important, they do not address with sufficient clarity curricular, pedagogical and teacher education-related issues that plague the teaching

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Delhi's Anganwadi Centres Need a Complete Overhaul and Renewed Funding -Abinash Dash Choudhury and Sweta Dash With one of the highest undernutrition rates of children in urban areas, Delhi needs to tackle the issue of severely stunted children in the city who don't have access to proper infrastructure and facilities at local anganwadi centres. New Delhi: It is an early summer morning in North Delhi’s Kabir Basti. A dingy and crowded lane of the settlement, with puddles from water leakages in broken pipes, opens up to a small structur

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