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Frequently Asked Questions on Child Anthropometric Failures in India
Authors: Sunil Rajpal, Rockli Kim, Rajan Sankar, Alok Kumar, William Joe, and S V Subramanian
Source: Economic and Political Weekly, 55(6)
Topic(s): Child health
Country: Asia
Published: FEB 2020
Abstract: The National Family Health Survey is analysed to develop critical insights on child anthropometric failure in India. The analysis finds non-response of economic growth on nutritional well-being and greater burden among the poor as two fundamental concerns. This calls for strengthening developmental finance for socio-economic upliftment as well as enhanced programmatic support for nutritional interventions. The gaps in analytical inputs for programmatic purposes also deserves attention to unravel intricacies that otherwise remain obscured through customary enquiries. On the one hand, this may serve well to improve policy targeting, and on the other, this can help comprehend the nature and reasons of heterogeneities and inequities in nutritional outcomes across subgroups. Strengthening the analytical capacities of programme managers and health functionaries is recommended.