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Poverty leads to malnutrition of Indian children: report

01-12-2012 16:27 BJT

NEW DELHI, Jan. 12 (Xinhua) -- An independent report has blamed poverty for the malnutrition, stunted growth and high school dropout rates among children in India, reported The Times of India electronic edition Thursday.

The Impact of Growth on Childhood Poverty was conducted by NGO- Young Lives from 2002 and has collected data on 2,011 children aged between six and 18 months and 1,008 children aged between seven-and-half and eight-and-half years. Findings from its third round of data collection were released on Wednesday.

According to the study, despite falling poverty, considerable economic growth and the development of significant policies, two- fifths of the world's malnourished children live in India.

Official statistics show that over 40 percent of Indian children are malnourished.

"A third of children surveyed are stunted, which has serious long-term implications for health, psychosocial well-being and educational achievement," said Renu Singh, Young Lives director.

The study found that while households were aware of social protection schemes, these welfare programs failed to provide a sufficient buffer against spiraling food prices, which stands at 10 percent in India.


Editor:Bai Yang |Source: Xinhua

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