|Smt Veena S Rao, IAS (Retd.)
Advisor, Karnataka Nutrition Mission
Malnutrition is a major public health emergency in India today, with about 50% of the population suffering from it in some form - protein-calorie deficit and/or micro-nutrient malnutrition. It is the underlying cause of at least 50% of deaths of under 5 children in the country. Even if it does not lead to death, malnutrition including micronutrient deficiencies, often leads to permanent damage including impairment of physical growth and mental development, and to added health care costs to the State.
"The number of children suffering from malnutrition is very significant in our State. Special efforts are required to be made for overcoming this problem. The government proposes to start a Comprehensive Nutrition Mission. A provision of Rs.5 crore will be made for this for a pilot project."
In his speech at the National Development Council on July 24, 2010, Honorable Chief Minister has stated "My Government has launched a Comprehensive Nutrition Mission, which will address the scourge of malnutrition and anemia particularly among children and women in a sustainable manner and also provide nutritional security to all the vulnerable groups."
The Karnataka Rural Livelihoods Promotion Society, under the aegies of the Karnataka Nutrition Mission, with support from the World Bank and the Japan Social Development Fund(JSDF) is implementing a Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Pilot Project in two backward taluks of Karnataka, Devadurga in Raichur Disctrict and Chincholi in Gulbarga District.
|Name of Taluk||No. of Villages||0-6 months children||7-36 months children||Adolescent Girls||Pregnant Women||Lactating Mothers||Total|
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