Nutrition security should be part of our covid response
Food hand-outs have helped but India’s policy focus must shift to nutritional goals beyond calorie intake
As per India’s 2015-16 health survey, one in every three children in the country is stunted, more than 50% of adolescent girls and pregnant women are anaemic, and almost 80% mothers do not receive full antenatal care during their pregnancy. Data from phase one of the National Family Health Survey-5, 2019-20 also points to a gloomy reality. If this was the scenario when all government-run health and nutrition programmes were fully functional and easily accessible, imagine the situation since 2020, when India was hit by covid.