Malnutrition continues to be a significant public health problem in India despite having several major programmes to address the issue, namely the Integrated Child Development Scheme ICDS, Mid –Day Meal (MDM) and also Food Security Act. Data from the Global Hunger Index that measures malnutrition, stunting and mortality rates of under-five shows that one in three children in India has stunted growth, whereas 15 per cent of the country’s population is undernourished. The 2016 Global Hunger Index (GHI) that was released this week said 38.7 per cent of Indian children under five years are stunted due to lack of food.
The report by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), also ranked India 97 among 118 countries, faring worse than all its neighbours China (29), Nepal (72), Myanmar (75), Sri Lanka (84) and Bangladesh (90), except for Pakistan (107) in measures of hunger.
At the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)…
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