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COVID-19 will lead to 6.7 million additional ‘wasted’ children, say global bodies -Jagriti Chandra

-The Hindu Scale-up detection, expand nutrition coverage: UNICEF, FAO, WFP, WHO The global prevalence of child wasting — lower weight for height — in 2020 could rise by 14.3%, translating into an additional 6.7 million children under the age of five suffering from it as the pandemic resulted in disruption of food systems and impeded access to healthcare services, according to a new study published in The Lancet on Tuesday. Wasting is a...

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India's under-5 mortality of girls exceeds that of boys, unlike global trend, says report -Bindu Shajan Perappadan

-The Hindu Worldwide, one child/young adolescent died every 5 seconds in 2018, says UN inter-agency group India is among the few countries in the world where, in 2018, the mortality under-5 years of girls, exceeded that of boys, according to the ‘Levels and Trends in Child Mortality’ report by the United Nations (UN) inter-agency group for Child Mortality. The global report states that in 2018 fewer countries showed gender disparities in Child Mortality,...

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A greater ease of living -Amarjeet Sinha

-The Indian Express Discussions of rural poverty fail to factor in multi-dimensional changes in the sector in the last five years Rural poverty in India has been the subject of discussion in recent times. Low increase in prices of agricultural commodities and the slower increase in rural agricultural wages have been seen by some as signs of a crisis for the rural poor. Many acknowledge the role of pro-poor public welfare...

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The scourge of hunger and malnutrition

-Economic and Political Weekly Policies ensuring food security and nutrition support require a renewed focus and sense of urgency. It is a national shame that, even several decades after independence, the country has not been able to free itself from the problem of hunger and malnutrition that endangers the life and health of the population, especially that of children, women, and vulnerable groups. The global hunger index (GHI) published this year has...

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A gendered view of India's nutrition strategy -Phalasha Nagpal

-The Hindu Business Line The rise in female malnutrition can be countered by integrating a women-focussed initiative with the National Nutrition Mission India is home to the largest proportion of malnourished children in the world, with widespread prevalence of stunting, wasting and people being underweight. That said, a more pertinent factor is that malnutrition is the most significant contributor of the under-five mortality in India. According to the United Nations, India has...

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