Malnutrition – New Thinking needed

Problem of malnutrition among children in India is well documented. Malnutrition levels are especially high in India’s poorest and most heavily populated states.  The data indicates that one out of every three children in India is born underweight, while one out of every two children, 47 per cent of children under five in India are either under-nourished or mal-nourished. This is despite having such large programs like ICDS and Mid-Day meal schemes in the country. There is an urgent need to look into the reasons for their ineffectiveness.

Malnutrition is often confused with starvation. Even children of well-off families may suffer from malnutrition. Some of the latest thinking talks of mass fortification of food as one solution. Several countries have opted for the mass fortification technique. Chile decided to fortify its staple flour with iron. The Chinese simply took soya sauce and added iron to it. Thailand developed certain grains of rice through biotechnology which have a high incidence of micro-nutrients in them. Even in India fortification of salt with iodine has been experimented with. Some development sector organizations in some regions of Rajasthan tried fortification of flour with iron. Perhaps malnutrition requires innovative approach with commitment that has been taken to eradicate polio.

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5 Responses to Malnutrition – New Thinking needed

  1. isfaqur rahman says:

    Dear Uday Chaturvediji
    I like to thank you for letting me know regarding nutritional security. Truly speaking, I have just started studying on the matter. I know a few people who are involved in the NGO and working on the project. I have gone through their success stories. So I am extremely sorry for not being able to inform you right now what exactly the NGO is doing on offering proper guidelines to ensure nutrition. I am not into that depth. But I will certainly go through it and update you everything very soon.
    Thanks a lot again.
    With regards
    Isfaqur Rahman

  2. isfaqur rahman says:

    Dr. Anoop Misra and Dr. Seema Gulati, Head of Nutrition Research Group, has explained about ‘Obesity’ so clearly that everybody can follow the ‘do and don’t’ to get rid of it. Thank to Mr Akshay vasisht for mentioning about ‘Obesity’, because I had no idea about ‘Obesity’… and then i went through Dr Seema Gulati’s presentation. It’s really worth. Everybody must see it.
    Please follow the link.

  3. akshay vasisht says:

    Readers may kindly note that OBESITY is a kind of Malnutrition which is a major public health challenge.

    Akshay Vasisht

  4. isfaqur rahman says:

    It’s a severe problem seen in our society. I know a organization ‘Foundation for mother and child health’ who is taking care of this issue continuously and achieved success a lot. They say……… “Many of the children we work with are born small, are affected by chronic malnutrition and are highly anemic. This means that their growth and brain development is strongly limited… even if one day they will receive the best education, their brain will not have developed enough.

    But at the Foundation for Mother and Child Health we believe that the foundation of a child should be strong! A child with good weight gain, with good nutrition and free from diseases is a child that is able to reach full potential, of body and mind.” – Dr Rupal Dalal, Responsible for Preventive Health Programs

    • uday chaturvedi says:

      Dear Friends,

      Right to food security means right to nutritional security, not just wheat or rice security.
      The pending food security act should focus on nutritional security, passed and implemented in right earnest.
      Food items to be supplied through PDS should ensure nutrition. What NGOs achieve serve as models for framing guidelines for national level scaling-up. Isfaqur Rahmanji may tell us whether Officers from concerned Departments visited the project area of Foundation for mother and child health?



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