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Battling starvation during COVID-19: Struggle for survival intensifies for tribal families in Maharashtra's Palghar -Parth MN In April 2020, 2,186 children in Palghar fell under the moderate acute Malnutrition (MAM) category. In June 2020, that number marginally went up to 2,225. In Jawhar taluka, it increased from 600 to 682 in two months – a rise of 13.6% Suresh Kawa, 31, stops just short of using the word “burden” for his nine-year-old son. No father would do that. “But we toiled to arrange meals for two people earlier,”...

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The marriage age misconception -Mary E John

-The Hindu Addressing poverty is the key to improving the health and nutritional status of mothers and their infants From the ramparts of the Red Fort on Independence Day, the Prime Minister declared that the government is considering raising the legal age of marriage for girls, which is currently 18 years. He said, “We have formed a committee to ensure that daughters are no longer suffering from Malnutrition and they are married...

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Ensuring delayed marriage requires concerted efforts to keep girls in school for longer -Sheila Vir

-The Indian Express A well-educated woman’s chances of making informed decisions and exercising greater agency in the household is monumental in breaking the cycle of poverty, ill health, as well as Malnutrition. India’s Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) stands at 122 as per the latest Sample Registration System (SRS) bulletin from last year — a significant decline from an MMR of 556 in 1990. A parallel decrease in the prevalence of child marriage...

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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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In times of pandemic, PDS shops should provide rations to all -Rohini Pande, Simone Schaner and Charity Troyer Moore

-The Indian Express India should not allow one emergency — the pandemic — to turn into another. Food security problems are not abating and there are clear steps that should be taken before it is too late. In the early days of India’s lockdown, stories of food insecurity were rampant. As “Unlock 2.0” progresses, many analysts hope that labour markets will provide the much needed economic resources to the vulnerable. But amidst...

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