Tackling malnutrition in times of COVID-19: How Odisha managed this juggling act -Amar Patnaik
While Odisha was being considerably ranked low in many indices at the national level, the most important feature of the state government during the current time has been the dynamic and evolving governance structure
India is home to half of the wasted children (those with a low weight for their height) globally, according to the recent Global Nutrition Report 2020. Moreover, more than a third (37.9 percent) of our children under the age of five years are stunted, and over a fifth (20.8 percent) are wasted, the report further highlights.
Malnutrition programmes in India have come under increased strain due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There are reports that the stringent national lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19 adversely affected programmes that aim to curb malnutrition like the delivery of food under the mid-day meal scheme and the functioning of the Anganwadi centres under ICDS. As many as 115 million children depend on the mid-day meal for their daily dietary requirements.
However, the Government of Odisha under the leadership of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik used this very otherwise well-oiled woman-led machinery to combat the challenge posed due to the pandemic.
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Firstpost.com, 9 September, 2020, https://www.firstpost.com/india/tackling-malnutrition-in-times-of-covid-19-how-odisha-managed-this-juggling-act-8798761.html