Nutrition International is helping state governments in India increase the availability of fortified foods in their social safety net programs (SSNPs), improving access to critical micronutrients.
Malnutrition has severe effects on India’s children under five:
- Nearly 36% of children under five are underweight, 21% are wasted and nearly 38% are stunted
- Diarrhoeal diseases continue to be a significant cause of childhood morbidity and mortality
Anemia continues to be a significant public health concern:
- Nearly 53% women (15-49 years), 59% of children (6-59 months) and 50 % pregnant women are anaemic
There is a critical need to address the burden of malnutrition in the country by scaling up core nutrition interventions.