Public health

A vicious cycle

Print edition : October 26, 2016

At an ICDS centre in Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh, a growth-monitoring exercise. Photo: REETIKA KHERA

Inter-State variation in the percentage of children enrolled in the supplementary nutrition (SNP) component, 2002

Relationship between the percentage of underweight children and the percentage of children who are ICDS beneficiaries, by State.

Relationship between State underweight prevalence and public expenditure allocations by the Government of India and the States, 1998-99.

There seems little hope of India ending hunger and ensuring a disease-free life for its citizens as it continues to put its public health stakes on private care in the face of data showing stunting, wasting and loss of weight among large sections of its children.
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