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India's TB report must be seen in light of the country's slide in Hunger Index -Shah Alam Khan

-The Indian Express With a virtually unregulated private health system, an increase in notification of TB patients could be heartening for the government. But for the public health system, it is bad news. Over the last month or so, we saw some important documentation on India’s public health. The Annual India Tuberculosis (TB) report was released by the government on September 26. India is now home to about a quarter of...

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India and its unhealthy children -Rukmini S Affluent states like Gujarat are failing to ensure their poorer children have a decent diet and that the richer ones are protected from lifestyle diseases India’s healthiest children live in its north-eastern states and Kerala, an analysis of a new national survey conducted by the government shows, but children in these states are also at greater risk of ‘lifestyle diseases’. However, some of the most affluent states - particularly Gujarat, Maharashtra...

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Govt's Poshan Abhiyaan can take lessons on social accountability from MGNREGA -K Anuradha Another approach to improving citizen engagement could be through community platforms like Self-Help Groups (SHGs) and gram sabhas. The Poshan Abhiyaan intends to do this, but lacks how these platforms reinforce accountability. We are a nation that carries 23.8% of the global burden of Malnutrition, with a total of 195.9 million under-nourished people. But it is reassuring that the government is committed to tackle Malnutrition on a war footing with...

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Feeding lessons to tackle Malnutrition -Arun Gupta Optimal feeding of infants is fundamental to tackling the burden of Malnutrition. The release of the Comprehensive National Nutrition Survey (CNNS 2016-2018) has renewed interest in tackling Malnutrition in India. The conceptual framework for child undernutrition, developed by UNICEF, recognises breastfeeding, good complementary feeding, caring and health care to minimise disease burden as immediate underlying factors that determine Malnutrition in all its forms. According to the CNNS, 35 per cent of the...

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Millets, answer to tackle Malnutrition, climate change

-The New Indian Express Odisha Millet Mission is a unique initiative for revival and promotion of millet production. BHUBANESWAR: With focus shifting to nutrition in food and nutrient-rich millets becoming a favourite food to fight Malnutrition, agricultural experts and officials lauded the Millet Mission undertaken by the State Government to promote production, consumption and marketing of the grains. Inaugurating a national workshop on nutri-cereals here on Wednesday, Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy said Odisha...

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