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Tracking Hunger - Stories

Lessons from Melghat's health crisis

At a time when India plans a multi-pronged attack on malnutrition in 200 high-burden districts, it will pay to examine the cracks in state institutions that have led to past failures and can still derail well-intentioned plans. Pramit Bhattacharya reports. Pics

6kg at 4 yrs: Starving city boy loses sight

Just over four years old, Surya Mariappa from Santacruz weighs only six kilos – half the weight of healthy children his age. Admitted to civic-run Sion hospital, the child lost his eyesight after a long period of near starvation, Priyanka Vora reports.

‘Parents don’t see malnutrition as an issue’

Most cases don’t even reach hospitals; five children below the age of six died in Govandi last month, 88 cases were reported from the same area.

3 kids in this Santacruz home are starving

Surya Mariappa, a four-year-old who weighs 6kg, is not the only starving child in his family, that lives in a Santacruz slum.

Malnutrition: Maharashtra govt yet to execute action plan

The report of the Bombay high court-appointed Malnutrition Monitoring Committee (MMC), submitted in February this year, has been in cold-storage.

One more city child blinded by malnutrition

Less than three weeks after a child from a Santacruz slum was rendered blind by malnutrition, another starving child has been admitted with the same condition.

State focus on pregnant mums, infants to combat malnutrition

In a bid to tackle urban malnutrition, the state government on Monday launched a  programme under the state’s RJMC Health and Nutrition Mission, focusing on pregnant women and children up to two years of age. HT reports.

Malnutrition among kids in state dips in last 5 yrs

The percentage of children below the age of two suffering from chronic malnutrition in Maharashtra has come down to 22.8% in 2012 from 39% five years ago.

Madhya Pradesh: unaware that schemes exist

At 59 deaths per 1000 births, Madhya Pradesh has the highest infant mortality rate. Many malnourished families know nothing about government schemes.

Manipur: state and family care together

The Nongmaithem family is an example of how Manipur has benefited from the state health programmes. The infant mortality rate has dipped to 11 in 2011 from 14 in 2010.

Uttar Pradesh: apathy and inefficiency are the killers

Almost 52% of kids under three are undernourished in Uttar Pradesh which also has a high mortality rate at 768/1000 live births.

Bihar: turning a blind eye to hungry children

The Bihar government does not admit to a single hunger death in recent years. But civil rights activists insist that malnutrition and hunger have been significant issues in the state.

Chronic hunger kills 50 in Orissa district

The district administration is still in denial, so is state revenue minister Surya Narayan Patra. He said, “I have received a report from the Balangir collector on Jhintu Bariha’s family. It says starvation is not the cause of the deaths.” Priya Ranjan Sahu reports.

UNHRC to focus on MP hunger deaths

Deaths due to malnutrition in Madhya Pradesh’s tribal-majority districts are likely to figure in the United Nations’ Human Rights Council’s 13th session in Geneva during March 1 to 26.

SC officer slams food subsidy cuts

The union government’s bid to reform the food subsidy regime through the proposed National Food Security law has got the Supreme Court-appointed Right to Food commissioners up-in-arms against the government.
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