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 important," said
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 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."