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Akshaya Patra Foundation: A steaming bowl of dal, rice and the din of a bustling classroom
India

Akshaya Patra Foundation: A steaming bowl of dal, rice and the din of a bustling classroom

Akshaya Patra recently tied up with the United Nations –World Food Programme to work on improving the reach and effectiveness of the mid-day meal scheme

On Human Rights Day, deepening challenge on access to education, nutrition forces introspection, course correction
India

On Human Rights Day, deepening challenge on access to education, nutrition forces introspection, course correction

The International Monetary Fund estimates COVID-19 has pushed 120 million people into extreme poverty.

Supreme Court to hear plea seeking setting up of community kitchens across country to battle hunger
India

Supreme Court to hear plea seeking setting up of community kitchens across country to battle hunger

The plea claimed 69 percent of children under the age of five die every day due to hunger and malnutrition and that it was violative of various fundamental rights, including right to life

TB-free India by 2025 an aspirational goal, but paying attention to nutrition key to beating disease
India

TB-free India by 2025 an aspirational goal, but paying attention to nutrition key to beating disease

India accounts for the highest TB burden globally; 27 percent of the cases are detected in India. If we have learnt anything from COVID-19, it is that prevention and caution are better than the cure

Over 3 million Afghan children under five could suffer from acute malnutrition by year end, warn UN agencies
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Over 3 million Afghan children under five could suffer from acute malnutrition by year end, warn UN agencies

Acute food insecurity is affecting 14 million people in Afghanistan who are without reliable access to water, food and basic health and nutrition services, following years of conflict

Malnutrition not just a problem of the poor; focus should be on correct feeding practices, say experts
India

Malnutrition not just a problem of the poor; focus should be on correct feeding practices, say experts

Malnutrition is not the problem of only the poor. Poor are grappling with undernutrition and the rich are grappling with overnutrition, said Dr Shailesh Jagtap

As Haiti struggles with COVID-19 pandemic, severe acute malnutrition spikes among children
World

As Haiti struggles with COVID-19 pandemic, severe acute malnutrition spikes among children

Overall, UNICEF said, about 4.4 million of Haiti’s more than 11 million inhabitants lack sufficient food, including 1.9 million children.

Poor nutrition changes the way body fights an infection, might protect people against severe COVID-19
World

Poor nutrition changes the way body fights an infection, might protect people against severe COVID-19

However, this doesn't mean we ignore the fact that malnutrition is killing millions and not work towards curbing food insecurity globally.

High malnutrition persists in India despite surplus food, says Niti Aayog VC Rajiv Kumar
India

High malnutrition persists in India despite surplus food, says Niti Aayog VC Rajiv Kumar

Launching the Poshan Gyan, a national digital repository on health and nutrition, Kumar said that real change can be brought about only through changing behaviours on the ground

India must strengthen ICDS, midday meals to tackle paradox of falling nutrition outcomes amid rising GDP
India

India must strengthen ICDS, midday meals to tackle paradox of falling nutrition outcomes amid rising GDP

Parameters such as the proportion of children who are underweight or under 5 mortality rate cast a gloomy picture for India

No Covid relief for Maharashtra's tribals as scheme meant to ease burden fails to lift-off
India

No Covid relief for Maharashtra's tribals as scheme meant to ease burden fails to lift-off

On 9 September, the state govt passed a resolution saying it would deposit Rs 2,000 into the bank accounts of tribal people and distribute ration worth Rs 2,000 under the Khawati yojana. Seven months later, the benefits are still awaited

Union Budget 2021: Mission Poshan 2.0 focuses on health-wellbeing, nutrition to fight malnutrition
India

Union Budget 2021: Mission Poshan 2.0 focuses on health-wellbeing, nutrition to fight malnutrition

This scheme includes Integrated Child Development Services, Anganwadi Services, Poshan Abhiyaan, Scheme For Adolescent Girls and National Creche Scheme.

Climate change more than poverty, sanitation cause malnutrition in children says UN research
science

Climate change more than poverty, sanitation cause malnutrition in children says UN research

Rising carbon pollution has been shown to reduce the levels of these essential micronutrients in many crop staples, including wheat, rice and legumes.

Infant mortality improves in India but malnutrition gets worse, NFHS survey finds
India

Infant mortality improves in India but malnutrition gets worse, NFHS survey finds

Health minister Harsh Vardhan on Saturday released the fifth National Family Health Survey (NFHS) which contains detailed information on population, health, and nutrition for India and its states and Union territories

India ranks 94th among 107 countries in Global Hunger Index; 14% population estimated to be undernourished
India

India ranks 94th among 107 countries in Global Hunger Index; 14% population estimated to be undernourished

Bangladesh, Myanmar and Pakistan too are in the ''serious'' category but ranked higher than India in this year's hunger index.

Tackling malnutrition in times of COVID-19: How Odisha managed this juggling act
India

Tackling malnutrition in times of COVID-19: How Odisha managed this juggling act

While Odisha was being considerably ranked low in many indices at the national level, the most important feature of the state government during the current time has been the dynamic and evolving governance structure

National Nutrition Month 2020: Identifying children with acute malnutrition, ensuring balanced diet key to better health
Health

National Nutrition Month 2020: Identifying children with acute malnutrition, ensuring balanced diet key to better health

The first two years of a child’s life are particularly important, as optimal nutrition during this period lowers morbidity and mortality, reduces the risk of chronic diseases and fosters better development overall.

Amid poor reach of govt schemes, upscaling health and nutrition for underprivileged critical to absorb post-COVID-19 shock
India

Amid poor reach of govt schemes, upscaling health and nutrition for underprivileged critical to absorb post-COVID-19 shock

Community health workforce like the ASHAs and Anganwadi workers, who are gatekeepers for all essential health and nutrition services during and post COVID-19 pandemic have to become resilient and equipped with adequate protective gear and necessary training.

National Nutrition Month 2020: PM Modi urges use of nutrition report cards for school kids; here's why all Indians need them
Health

National Nutrition Month 2020: PM Modi urges use of nutrition report cards for school kids; here's why all Indians need them

Studies have shown that while 80 to 90 percent Indians suffer from Vitamin D deficiency, 50 to 60 percent are affected by anaemia

World Ocean Day: Alternative seafood offers twin solution to address food security, planet's health
India

World Ocean Day: Alternative seafood offers twin solution to address food security, planet's health

Are we raking up the intensity of climate change, antimicrobial resistance and future pandemics with the way we're tackling food insecurity, malnutrition, and economic growth?