Millions of children die from preventable illnesses before reaching their 5th birthday – more than 66% of them during the 1st year of life. Millions more malnourished children survive – only to face diminished lives, and unable to develop to their full potential.
Malnutrition… A Global Health Challenge
Malnutrition is the root cause of about 35% of all deaths of kids aged under-5. Malnutrition is not only starvation. Malnourished children may not get the right nutrients, even though they get enough calories. Such children are more susceptible to diseases like pneumonia or diarrhea—and are more likely to die from them.
But, better nutrition is not just about preventing deaths. Kids who are stunted (less height for age) are not just below their peers in height; they’re behind their peers in cognitive development, and that will limit these children their whole lives.
Malnutrition in India
India is home to the highest number of malnourished children and under 5 deaths in the world. In 2015, more than 1.3 million children (under 5) died in India*. This is about 20% deaths globally.
Malnutrition among tribal children of India*
India is home to 104 million tribal people & 11.5 million children among them are in the age group of 0-5 years.
- 5 million Tribal children are chronically undernourished.
- Every second tribal child in India is chronically undernourished.
- 5% tribal women are anemic.