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    India's malnutrition 'crisis'

    Women and children are the worst sufferers
    By Daniel Lak in Delhi
    The World Bank has said malnutrition affects huge numbers of people in India, especially women and children, despite decades of often effective government action.
    Its report "Wasting Away - The Crisis of Malnutrition in India" blames poverty and low status of women for some of its most shocking statistics - half of all children under four are malnourished, it says, and 60% of women are anaemic.

    Mothers and sisters often forego food in poor families to give husbands and sons more than their share, the report says.

    One of the authors of the report, Mira Chatterjee, says malnutrition on such scale means money invested in education is not used effectively as hungry children cannot study.

    Economic cost

    The report estimates that malnourished workers mean an annual loss of $10 bn in lost productivity.

    The green revolution helped Indian food production
    It praises India's effort to feed its people through agricultural innovation and poverty alleviation schemes, but says population growth, high prices and unemployment often offset well intentioned government programmes.

    The country's huge force of migrant labour suffers acutely from malnutrition according to the report.

    It recommends putting an end to malnutrition as a major policy objective of the government.

    India has been justifiably proud of its self sufficiency in food since the so-called green revolution in agriculture in the 1960s and 70s.

    But this report will add to growing feelings of unease that a new attempt to end hunger once and for all is an urgent need as the country enters the next millennium.

    acknowledgement is the good thing what the indian government does. at least that will lead to some solutions.

    how lucky people in pakistan they dont have any ills


      but but but economically, India is doing so well then how come it has the poorest of the poor of the world. Hmmmmmm........maybe its not doing that great.

      Later on


        even the richest countries like u.s.a. and u.k. to name a few have unemployed and poor. no doubt in much less proportion then indian sub continent.
        my friend, no one argues the fact that india is having problems which every nation on the earth have something or the other. when we say india is doing well economically, the data is used in comparision of last 10 years in respect of all countries in the world.
        we never deny the fact that we are developing country. but at least we are striving to feed our populace and strengthen the economy unlike others who till date is synchornizing all its energy to belittle other countries and create problems there giving it the name of jihad.
        after cold war, the nuisance value is nil in todays world.
        realise and accept the fact.


          I relay fail to see how even in the remotest most indirect sence malnutrioned children in india effect the POLITICS OF ****PAKISTAN*


            WHO report on Pakistan: 30% children suffer from vitamin A deficiency

            ISLAMABAD, Nov 26: As many as 30 per cent children are suffering from vitamin A deficiency in the country. This was stated by Federal Minister for Health AbdulMali Kansi.

            This is considered to be a big problem, warranting active participation and commitment of support at all levels.

            Mr Kansi expressed these views here on Thursday while inaugurating a media summit in connection with a programme on Vitamin A supplementation to children in collaboration with Unicef.

            He said the programme was potentially a highly cost-effective means of not only addressing vitamin A deficiency problem but also of increasing survival and health of children.

            Vitamin A deficiency has serious implication on vision, survival and morbidity of children and women, he added.

            He said that, globally, vitamin A deficiency continued to effect large numbers of children. According to WHO estimates, up to 250 million children are facing vitamin A deficiency. They are at greater risk of death and illness, especially mortality rate is high at 340 per 10,000 live birth.

            The minister said poor access to health information, illiteracy and poverty were some of the main basic causes of such serious health and nutrition problems. As such, sustained information, education and communication, targeting families and commu-nities was essential. "Unicef humanitarian efforts to mitigate sufferings of our women and children are thus greatly appreciated," he added.

            Globally, he said, vitamin A deficiency continued to affect large numbers of children. "The most serious manifestation of the deficiency, which is blindness, affects as many as 0.5 million children worldwide. As such, there is a strong global commitment to eradicate this debilitating nutritional deficiency.'

            He said the government was committed to the objective of a more effective and wider healthcare cover for all. Prevention of diseases through improved nutrition remained a top priority since no meaningful development could take place without a health human resource base.

            The minister said the national immunization days had been very successfully implemented in Pakistan.

            He said the government had pledged to eliminate polio by 2000 and vitamin A deficiency by the 2003. "It is clear that attaining the above goals will require commitment and serious efforts at all levels. It will also require extensive awareness campaign targeting the general public on the importance of vitamin A drops to children and to mobilize communities and stockholders for action", he said.

            He said the national immunization days offered an excellent opportunity to reach a large population of children.

            He hoped that today's professional exchanges of idea and discussion would lead to renewed commitment and active support to ensure that this important commitment and initiative on Vitamin A supplementation with the NID was a real success.

            This article appeared in DAWN of 27/11/1999.


              frankly i dont give a rats a$$ about indians or the retards they grow. But i have a problem when they all have to show up here. somone slap a big one vitamin in sajjadm's mouth.