Global Hunger Index: One in five children in India are underweight

The Global Hunger Index report 2018, was released on Thursday. Though the number of undernourished children has gone down, over the years. The hunger situation in India is still considered as serious

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According to the Global Hunger Index report 2018, India ranks 103rd among the 119 countries.

The current hunger situation in India is categorised as ‘Serious’. Compared to the last ranking India has dropped three positions

In India, one in five children is underweight. But, the percentage of undernourished children has come down to 14.8 in 2017, as compared to 18.2% in the year 2000

The child wasting rate for the region is amplified in part by that of India, which has the region’s largest population and highest level of child wasting, at 21 per cent according to the latest data.

Though the number of undernourished children has gone down, over the years. The hunger situation in India is still considered as serious. The figures show that children in India are wasted as the weight and height are low.

Over the years, the child mortality rate under the age 5 has also reduced. In the year 2000, the child mortality rate was 9.2%, but in 2016 the rate was recorded at 4.3%.

Wasting is most prevalent in Djibouti, India, and South Sudan, but even among these three countries the rates and estimates vary widely, at 16.7 per cent, 21.0 per cent, and 28.6 per cent, respectively.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Vinod Shende, member of the NGO Jan Aarogya Samiti said, “India has ranked 103rd in the Global Hunger Report 2018. We should be ashamed of this. The government talks about smart cities, but actually, nothing has been done on the ground. The children who are young today will form a new India tomorrow. The Union and the state government should look into the lapses and should act accordingly.”

Source:  Global Hunger Index