Malnutrition among women, children continues to paralyse healthcare2 min read . Updated: 13 May 2020, 01:20 AM IST
- Nearly 68% of under-5 deaths result from malnourishment of children or their mothers, says a Lancet study
- India’s child mortality rate has fallen from 2000 to 2017; but districts show growing variance in improvement
NEW DELHI : Even as India struggles against the spread of covid-19, the country’s structural fault lines in health continue to be a cause of concern. Despite the government’s efforts to fight malnutrition among women and children, 68% of under-five-year deaths in India can be attributed to child and maternal malnourishment, while 83% of neonatal deaths is due to low birth-weight and short gestation, a Lancet paper published on Tuesday revealed.
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