Malnutrition: Challenging India's Future

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Children

  • Every fifth child in the world lives in India
  • 22% babies are born with low birth weight
  • 50 out of 1000 live births do not complete their first year of life
  • 42.5% children (0-5} years are underweight
  • 79% of children (6-35 months} have iron deficiency

Women and Adolescent Girls

  • 36% of women are underweight
  • Among women who are thin, 44% are moderately or severely thin
  • 56.2% women suffer from iron deficiency anaemia
  • Undernutrition declines and overnutrition increases with the age of a woman
  • Half of adolescent girls in the age group 15-19 years are undernourished
  • Approximately 2.75 crores of adolescent girls are undernourished
  • 56% of adolescent girls suffer from iron deficiency anaemia



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  • Indian Academny of Pediatrics
  • HealthPhone
  • Vodafone India
  • Ministry of Women and Child Development
  • UNICEF India

About IAP HealthPhone

An initiative of HealthPhone™, conducted under the aegis of Indian Academy of Pediatrics, in partnership with the Ministry of Women and Child Development, UNICEF, Aamir Khan and with support from Vodafone.

The objective of this nationwide campaign against malnutrition is to address issues of status of women, the care of pregnant mothers and children under two, breastfeeding and the importance of balanced nutrition and health. The focus is on women between 13 and 35 years of age and their family members.


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