Fighting malnutrition – My contribution to feed a child
Posted by Agnivo Niyogi
India prides itself in being the largest democracy in the world, but when it comes to the development of the future citizens of this vibrant democracy, we cut a sorry figure. Malnutrition – a shameful chapter of India’s governance, and the most neglected one – will haunt the generations to come if any corrective action is not taken at the earliest.
Here are some scary truths in our own backyard that we choose to ignore:
A. Thirteen lakh children die every year in the country from completely preventable diseases.
B. Malnutrition in Indian children is worse than sub-Saharan Africa, Pakistan and even Afghanistan.
C. More than 50 per cent of children under 5 are stunted in growth.
D. One in four among the world’s malnourished children belongs to India.
E. Sixty million children are underweight in India, 75 per cent children are anemic and 60 per cent are deficient in Vitamin A.
Education is a luxury not many can afford in India, thanks to the menace of poverty. Those who are fortunate enough to step into schools often drop out after primary level or after Class VIII. A path-breaking programmer – the mid-day meal scheme – has been largely successful in bringing drop-out rates down.
I am proud that I belong to a State which has been honoured over the years for the successful implementation of mid-day meal scheme. Apart from government programmes, there are many NGOs like the Akshayapatra Foundation that provide mid-day meals at schools.
I had first come across Akshayapatra Foundation at a Bloggers’ Meet in 2010. I had pledged my support to their cause back then. Thanks to professional reasons, I have had the privilege of visiting their kitchen at Bangalore.
I thank Blogadda for taking up the initiative for sponsoring the mid-day meal for one child for every blog post written on this subject. As they say, when droplets of water come together, the sea is formed. I contributed my droplet to the cause.
I am going to #BlogToFeedAChild with Akshaya Patra and BlogAdda.
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