India makes little progress on child malnutrition despite steady economic growthBMJ 2009; 339 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b3886 (Published 22 September 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3886
- Ganapati Mudur
- 1New Delhi
Poor oversight of nutrition programmes, faulty project design, and a lack of focus on the most needy population groups are frustrating India’s efforts to reduce child malnutrition, a publication from the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex has said.
Despite India’s steady economic growth of an average of more than 6% in the past 15 years, the percentage of children under 3 years of age who are underweight fell by only six percentage points between 1993 and 2006, from 52% to 46%, says the latest issue of the IDS Bulletin, which comprises analytical papers from economists and nutrition policy experts.
At this rate of …