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World largest child nutrition program: all is not well?

In Under-nutrition on February 24, 2013 at 7:41 am

by Mukta Singhvi, Sarvjeet Kaur, and Suman Kumari


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A country truly concerned about its development would put its children’s health on a higher priority than the GDP. For, population of over a billion can add strength to a country, only, if it is healthy and productive.

In India about 42% of the children are under weight. It has been reported by that on in every three most malnourished children of the world live in India. It is cause worry because such a populace can become a liability in the coming years. The problem of malnutrition is a matter of shame. Despite impressive growth in our GDP, the level of under nutrition in the country is unacceptably high . India has not succeeded in reducing malnutrition fast enough, though the integrated child development services (ICDS) programme continues to be our most important tool to fight malnutrition.

The global community has designated halving the prevalence of under weigh children by 2015 as a key indicator of progress towards the millennium development goal (MDG) of eradicating extreme poverty and hunger. However, it appears that that economic growth alone, though impressive, will not reduce malnutrition sufficiently to meet the MDG. Nutrition target. India’s main early child development and nutrition intervention , the ICDS program has expanded steadily across the country during the last more than three and half decade of its existence. It is one of the World’s largest, most unique well designed and well placed programme to address many of the underlying cause of under nutrition in India. However, it faces a range of implementation difficulties that prevent it from fully realizing its potential.

This article is an attempt to critically examine the World largest programme and identifies the most important weakness in the implementation of ICDS and suggest a way out that can be taken to improve the impact of the programme.

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