India Leads the Malnutrition Count in the Commonwealth

by Kathy Jones on  October 14, 2010 at 9:26 PM Indian Health News
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More than 60 percent of the world's under nourished children live in the Commonwealth countries with India leading the way with nearly half of the country's toddlers suffering from malnutrition.
 India Leads the Malnutrition Count in the Commonwealth
India Leads the Malnutrition Count in the Commonwealth

The report titled "Commonwealth or Common Hunger" was compiled by NGO, Save the Children. The report reveals that more than 43 percent of Indian children under 5 years of age are suffering from severe malnutrition with Pakistan and Bangladesh coming in a close second and third position.

Thomas Chandy, chief executive officer of the Save the Children, said that the Indian government has to show the same political will that saw it successfully host the Commonwealth Games if it is to eradicate malnutrition among children.

"By hosting the Commonwealth Games against all odds, India has shown that with political will, it can overcome problems and find solutions. With 55 million children under five being underweight, we need to show similar leadership to find a solution to the silent epidemic that is quietly wiping out generations of our children", he said.




Source: Medindia

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