A multi-dimensional approach to tackle malnutrition

Synopsis: Solution to the issue of malnutrition is not solely dependent on increasing food intake, but it requires a multidimensional approach including women empowerment. Introduction National Family Health Survey (NFHS-5) has provided mixed results. Positive results include fall in infant mortality rates and under-five mortality rates, increase in institutional births and child immunisation rates. Negative… Continue reading A multi-dimensional approach to tackle malnutrition

Impact of New Welfarism approach of government on nutrition

Context: The New welfarism approach followed by the present government can better explain the reason for the overall rise in stunting rates. Background The 5th round of the National Family Health Survey (NFHS-5) that covers dimensions such as health, nutrition, and the overall quality of lives, has been recently released. It provides reliable and independent evidence to… Continue reading Impact of New Welfarism approach of government on nutrition

Child nutrition needs attention

Context: Worsening of child nutrition calls for immediate and decisive course correction. More on news: The first phase of NFHS-5, held during 2019-2020, covered 17 states and five Union territories. What are the findings of the report? Revelation from the survey: southern states have joined the league of poor performing states. Stunting has risen in Kerala and… Continue reading Child nutrition needs attention

Nutritional agenda

Context: The fifth round of the National Family Health Survey (NFHS 2019-20) factsheets on the burden of child under nutrition is not encouraging. How is under nutrition measured? Relied on the measure of a child’s anthropometry: Children are defined as stunted, underweight or wasted if their standardised height-for-age, weight-for-age or weight-for-height is more than two standard… Continue reading Nutritional agenda

Child nutrition

Context: New evidence on child nutrition calls for a radical expansion of child nutrition development services. What are the various issues found by several survey reports on child nutrition? NFHS-4: Leaving aside two or three countries like Niger and Yemen, India has the highest proportion of underweight children in the world: a full 36 per cent according… Continue reading Child nutrition

NFHS findings

Context:  The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has released data fact sheets for 22 States and Union Territories based on the findings of Phase I of the National Family Health Survey-5 (NFHS-5). What are the worrying findings? Malnutrition: Of the 22 States and UTs, there is an increase in the prevalence of severe acute… Continue reading NFHS findings