India facing severe levels of malnutrition, climate change to further worsen undernutrition -Neetu Chandra Sharma
* The report also took note of open defecation in India as an impacting factor for health
* Public health experts have also said that India need some more time to tackle malnutrition and the efforts are going on
New Delhi: While India is tagged as a country with ‘serious’ levels of hunger, climate change will further worsen its undernutrition levels, the Global Hunger Index (GHI) 2019, a report jointly published by Concern Worldwide, an Irish aid agency, and Welthungerlife, a German NGO has highlighted.
Further, India in terms of hunger rankings has slipped from 95th rank in 2010 to 102nd in 2019. According to the report, Pakistan, the only country in South Asia region that had a ranking below India in previous indices, in the 2019 ranking, has come up to 94th place.
The 2019 GHI measured hunger in 117 countries where the assessment is most relevant and where data on all four component indicators are available. These indicators are proportion of underweight, and undernourished, mortality rate, stunted children under 5 years of age.
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Livemint.com, 16 October, 2019, https://www.livemint.com/news/india/india-facing-severe-levels-of-malnutrition-climate-change-to-further-worsen-undernutrition-11571207482952.html