Public health risk due to malnutrition - including undernutrition and
obesity - is a concern for every country, says Global Nutrition Report. The
report prepared by International Food Policy Research Institute aims to contribute
to country-led efforts to strengthen accountability and accelerate the
reduction of malnutrition.
Dr Laxmikant Palo, Health Advisor, Save The Children, a leading organisation
for child rights said that, "India need to address the operational
challenge in nutrition now. Also, how other sectors such as sanitation,
agriculture prioritise the nutrition agenda within their agenda is
Laxmikant Palo also noted the previous National Family Health Survey was
conducted in 2005-06, after which there's no data available, which makes it
difficult to understand where the country stands on nutrition. "How to
take a decision, this report has some guidelines," he added.
The 2013-2014 Rapid Survey on Children in India suggested a faster
improvement in the reduction of malnutrition than anticipated - stunting for
under fives may have declined by over 10 million. Yet, India is vulnerable on
sanitation and other underlying determinants for undernutrition, with the
lowest rank among 100 countries.
The nutrition report also said success stories such as stunting decline in
Maharashtra show importance of multi-sector coordination and sustained
commitment from government and civil society.
Lawrence Haddad, a co-author of the Global Nutrition Report and a senior research
fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), said that,
"The Global Nutrition Report aims to contribute to country-led efforts to
strengthen accountability, share learning about what is working, and highlight
bottlenecks to progress and how they may be overcome."