India: 50% of adolescent girls are anaemic, underweight: States survey

'The Teenage Girls' report 2018, has been prepared by Nanhi Kali Foundation, Naandi Foundation, studied health, education, and other various aspects. The survey was conducted in 600 districts across India and included around 74,000 girls

  • In India, almost 50% of the girls are anaemic and have a low body mass index (BMI). 
  • Around 40% of adolescent girls are still defecating in the open, as there is not enough toilet facility. 
  • Close to 46% of the girls are still using unhygienic methods during the menstruation days. 
  • Girls aged between 13 to 19 years, across India, have been surveyed for the period of one year.

‘The Teenage Girls’ report 2018, prepared by the Nanhi Kali Foundation, Naandi Foundation, studied health, education, and other various aspects of around 74,000 girls across the country.

As much as 80% of the surveyed girls are living in cities and the rural areas. The survey focused on whether the adolescent’s girls are getting adequate health facilities from the government.

In India, there are about 80 lakh girls who are adolescent. The survey was conducted in across 600 districts, spanning over 30 states.

The survey states that: 

In India, the number of anaemic girls is rising, the number is high, in rural areas. Compared to men, anaemia is more prevalent in women.

One in every two girls is suffering from anaemia and low body mass index.

Due to non-availability of nutrition, hemoglobin is also very low in the women.

As much as 50% of the girls don’t have an average Body Mass Index.

While speaking to the press, Chief Executive Officer of Naadi Foundation, Manoj Kumar said, “Through this survey, we have emphasized the grim situation of the 80 lakhs adolescent girls in India. During the survey, we surveyed 74,000 girls in 600 districts of India. Out of every two girls, one girl is suffering from anaemia.”

Anand Mahindra, Chairman of the Mahindra Group, said, “Now the time has come when we need to understand the adolescent girls more carefully. We need to talk to them and understand the issues which they are facing on the day to day basis. The survey carried out by Nanhi Kali project has focused on this core area. The survey will be beneficial for NGO’s and organizations working for the girls.”

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Amol Annadate, who is a pediatrician, said, “Anaemia has been rising in the adolescent girls and the women as well. However, the main contributory factor is the nutritious food and iron deficiency. Girls and women must include nutritious food in the regular food diet.”