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Two-day National consultation on maternal nutrition commences in Delhi today

According to UNICEF India, one- third of women of reproductive age in India are undernourished, with a body mass index (BMI) of less than 18.5 kg/m2

Two-day National consultation on maternal nutrition commences in Delhi today
National consultation on maternal nutrition, India (Image Credit: Twitter)

A two-day technical consultation on maternal nutrition has been organized by the Ministry of Health in India. It aims at scaling up maternal nutrition services in health systems in India.

While speaking at the opening ceremony today Dr Dinesh Baswal, Assistant commissioner maternal health stated, "We're here to share best practices and to look at the evidence-based approach to nutrition services."

Alok Kumar, adviser at Health & Nutrition, NITI Aayog expressed, "It's not about what women and children do in the institutions but it is about what they do in the home and that needs to be addressed towards addressing malnutrition."

According to UNICEF India, one- third of women of reproductive age in India are undernourished, with a body mass index (BMI) of less than 18.5 kg/m2. It is well known that an undernourished mother inevitably gives birth to an undernourished baby, perpetuating an intergenerational cycle of undernutrition.

All information will be put to loss if you do not change behaviour. Sanitation is first, and then ANCs, immunization, iron and folic acid, said Dr Rajesh Kumar, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development.

"Make the age of marriage 21 - raise the bar. This has to be given some serious thought," he further added.



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