Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Nutrition mission will be crucial for India to reap demographic dividend

BLOG: Despite impressive economic progress, nearly 20% Indian children under five are wasted, 38% stunted and 35% underweight. The Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme was launched in 1975 as the first pan-India programmatic response piloted in 33 blocks of the country, for improving nutrition and health status of children below six through supplementary feeding, nutrition and health education and convergence with health services at an Anganwadi centre (AWC), right in villages and urban slums.

India has a young population and the country is poised to reap benefits of this window of opportunity. Children with stunted growth must endure adverse outcomes later in life: They suffer from impaired brain development, which leads to lower cognitive... Read More