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This Year's Budget Is Critical to Ensure a Comprehensive Nutrition Response -Happy Pant One of the most disturbing effects of the pandemic has been on the nutritional needs of the disadvantaged. The Budget needs to prioritise addressing this issue. The pandemic led disruptions of nutrition services have exacerbated India’s existing burden of undernutrition. Children did not get the mid-day meals and supplementary nutrition under the anganwadi services scheme they were registered under. Critical health services like immunisation, iron-folic acide and calcium supplementation, treatment of...

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Acute malnutrition worsened among children: NFHS-5 -Ritankar Chakraborty, Devikrishna NB, Alka Chauhan and Nand Lal Mishra

-Down to Earth Stunting among children below five did not improve at all; child obesity increased across several states Chronic malnutrition or stunting among children below five years did not improve at all while acute undernourishment or Wasting worsened in the last half-a-decade in a majority of the surveyed states and Union territories (UT), according to the latest round of National Family Health Survey (NFHS-5). Child obesity also increased in several states. The...

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Why NFHS-5 Data Merits Serious Concern and Urgent Action -Dipa Sinha According to the data, in most states there is a worsening in nutrition indicators such as childhood stunting, Wasting and underweight. Partial results from the National Family Health Survey round 5 (NFHS-5) released last week draw attention to the crisis of malnutrition in the country. The factsheets that are available pertain to 17 states and five Union Territories – put together they roughly account for half of India’s population. Although there are...

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India’s children are not getting the nutrition they need. Here is a measure that could help -Anjana Thampi & Ishan Anand The National Family Health Survey revealed gains made in the last two decades have been reversed. The key indicators of health and nutrition from the fifth round of the National Family Health Survey, conducted in 2019-’20, paint a disconcerting picture. Gains in child nutrition, reflected in the previous rounds, conducted in 2005-’06 and 2015-’16, have been reversed in several states. With the pandemic and the economic crisis, nutritional indicators are likely...

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Superpower? India First Needs to Save Its Children & Women from Malnutrition -Subodh Varma Latest health survey (NFHS-5) reveals shocking levels of anaemia and malnutrition in states. In a chilling report, the latest National Family and Health Survey (NFHS)-5 has found that some states have one-third to nearly half of young children (up to 5 years of age) suffering from low weight, stunting and Wasting, all symptoms of chronic lack of healthy food. In addition, an unconscionable half to over three-fourth of children, and one-third to...

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