India has more than 40 % of world's stunted children
INVC NEWS New Delhi ,
As per the report Public Health and Nutrition - Freeing Future Generations from Malnutrition. compiled by a Non Government Organisation (NGO) Sukarya which was released by Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, more than 40 per cent of world's stunted children live in India .
Stunting is the impaired growth and development that children experience from poor nutrition, repeated infection, and inadequate psychosocial stimulation. Children are defined as stunted if their height-for-age is more than two standard deviations below the WHO Child Growth Standards median.[caption id="attachment_283906" align="aligncenter" width="601"] Ajay Tirkey, Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Meera Satpathy,.Rupa Kapoor[/caption]
As per Suakarya report malnutrition estimates are worrying as poor nutrition causes 45 % of deaths of children below 5 years and India is home to 40 % of world's stunted ,impaired growth and development that children experience from poor nutrition, repeated infection, and inadequate psychosocial stimulation. 60 per cent of malnutrition burden in the country is in few states of Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Chatisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra
“Government envisages a Healthy & Ayushman Bharat – a disease free nation not for any political benefit but for the benefit of people of the country, The government and Non Government Organisation’s involved in fight against malnutrition Should use more technology in nutrition & health promotion, and for strengthening the indigenous food habits in the field of Maternal and Child Nutrition. “ said Minister Choubey , while releasing the report .
“Sabka Saath- Saab Ki Vikash” can’t be achieved without freeing our future generations from Malnutrition and ensuring good health. Keeping in view that women and children are the core target population of the nutrition campaign and health programmes” he said.
“The report Public Health and Nutrition - Freeing Future Generations from Malnutrition. compiled by NGOs Sukarya which has been working towards improving the health and wellbeing of underprivileged women and children for long time aims at safeguarding women and children from malnutrition and anaemia in India. The report also recommends the use of modern available technologies to bridge the major gaps and to promote indigenous food habits in maternal and child health and nutrition. ´said Mrs. Meera Satpathy, Founder and Chairperson of Sukarya speaking on the occasion.
“The report also seeks to be used as a platform to bring together the policy makers, civil society organisations, practitioners and experts from the field of nutrition and so to synergize efforts and strategic local action towards the issue. This could also offer an opportunity to India’s nutrition policy and a broad based discussion of priorities for nutrition which will be introduced into policy perspectives and programs.” She said .
“It is our utmost duty to make our nation especially women and children free from malnutrition and anaemia. Poor nutrition causes 45% of deaths amongst children below 5 years of age and the figures are worrisome. I personally feel that it’s the foremost need to work towards making our country malnutrition free.” Ms Satpathy added .
‘Sukaya is looking forward to build partnerships with Government in the areas of Maternal Child health, Nutrition and adolescent reproductive health to achieve national goals through local initiatives. The consultation helped developing an understanding on various aspects of nutritional and public health issues and like to run some pilot projects in the States like Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Jharkhand & Bihar” she added
Present on this occasion were Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Shri Ajay Tirkey, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development, Ms.Rupa Kapoor, Member, Health, NCPCR , Ms Meera Satpathy, Chairperson, Sukarya and panchayat leaders, community members from villages and slums of Rajasthan, Haryana and Delhi. Very helpful information about experience of other countries was provided by experts from Bangladesh, Nepal and USA.