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UNICEF compliments India for its sustained awareness programme to bring down malnutrition

Complimenting India for its sustained awareness programme to bring down malnutrition, a senior UNICEF official on Wednesday said he had never seen such efforts before. Chief of UNICEF India (Nutrition) Arjan De Wagt, who is here to release the UN agency s report -- The State of the World s Children 2019 -- to mark World Food Day, said that the extent of mobilisation to create awareness was unprecedented in the country. I have never seen so much of efforts taken by India to fight malnutrition through various sustained health awareness programmes utilising the services of different government agencies and NGOs. I have never seen such a kind of mob-mobilisation to spread awareness among rural and urban women on the importance of breast feeding, pre-natal care, having quality, and sufficient nutritious food, he said. The UNICEF official claimed that an average of 34.7 per cent of Indian children, under the age of five years, are stunted. Of them, 34 per cent are girl babies and 35.4 .


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