Rural employment scheme is associated with less infant malnutrition, study findsBMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f5916 (Published 03 October 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5916
- Tamoghna Biswas
Infants from households participating in the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act are less likely to suffer from undernutrition compared to those from non-participating households, a recent study has found.1
The act provides for a guaranteed minimum of 100 days’ employment a year for those households in which the adults volunteer for unskilled manual work.
The study was conducted in the Dungarpur district of Rajasthan, India, using a mixed methods design comprising both cross-sectional study and focus group discussions. A total of 528 households and 1056 participants (infants aged less than 12 months and their caregivers) were included in the final sample, …