Peanut paste not a solution for severe malnutrition: study -Jagriti Chandra
Clean drinking water and sanitation are also important’
Deaths due to severe acute malnutrition (SAM) in India could be at least a tenth of what was earlier believed, which implies that instead of taking emergency measures such as providing Ready To Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF), there needs to be a focus on non-food interventions such as sanitation, health, clean drinking water along with an emphasis on nutrition, suggests a new study published in a peer-reviewed medical journal on Wednesday.
The paper, published in PLOS Medicine, provides new evidence at a time when inter-ministerial discussions are under way on formulating guidelines for nutritional management of SAM children and when policymakers and experts are divided on the issue of providing either RUTF or locally-made energy-dense food.
During the study, the researchers observed 2,704 children in West Singbhum district in Jharkhand and Kendujhar district in Odisha, who were born between October 1, 2013 and February 10, 2015 and alive at six months of age. They were followed up at 9, 12 and 18 months.
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The Hindu, 16 October, 2019, https://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/health/peanut-paste-not-a-solution-for-severe-malnutrition-study/article29714078.ece?homepage=true&fbclid=IwAR3UQOZ-WPQrvxunJGuYT0XFX