Burden of Malnutrition: Some Key Facts
- As per NFHS-3, 48 percent of children under age five years are chronically malnourished.
- 43 percent of children under age five years are underweight for their age.
- More than half (54 percent) of all deaths before age five years in India are related to malnutrition.
- 7 out of every 10 children age 6-59 months in India are anaemic.
- Only 50% of children ages 6-59 months live in households using adequately iodized salt.
- Only 22.3% of pregnant women consume Iron and Folic Acid supplementation for 90 days and the percentage is less than 10% among the non-educated women.
- Anaemia has increased in married women in the last decade from 50% to almost 58%.
- Undernutrition is more common for children of mothers who are undernourished themselves
- Women who suffer malnutrition are less likely to have healthy babies.
COVID -19 pandemic has aggravated the nutritional status of both children and mothers, many children who received one meal at govt schools are missing out on that too along with education. Many of these people living at the outskirts of the city, working as migrant labour, have not received any government support for regular meals or ration
Ek Muthi Anaaj is an initiative to address hunger and malnutrition in children and women. The program has significantly addressed malnutrition in many children. It has provided empowerment to a woman through employment and as a result she is able to take care of her family financially.
To Improve Nutrition and education for children through one full meal. To improve nutrition for poor pregnant/lactating mothers through one full meal. To provide advice on low cost nutrition through awareness and advocacy in the community. Provide one time meal for an entire family of migrant labours.