Protect Underprivileged Children From Malnutrition In India

Published on September 3, 2020

malnutrition in India

Healthy food and access to basic healthcare are essential for a child's development at physical, mental, and cognitive levels. All children must receive basic nutrition on time, regularly and appropriately, to prevent long-term and, in some cases, irreversible harm to their health.

This is why it is crucial to spread awareness on the importance of maintaining good health. After all, every 3rd child under 5 years of age in India is chronically undernourished (NFHS 4, 2016). This is a staggering number in a nation that is known to make path-breaking achievements in fields like technology and science. Children are the future of every nation and they deserve to be looked after in the best possible manner. 

There is a severe lack of regular, healthy, and nutritious meals that all children must receive every single day. But nearly 60% of children in India, under the age of 5, are anaemic (NFHS 4, 2015-2016). The deprivation leads to children becoming anaemic and underweight, thus making malnutrition in India an unresolved reality. These unfortunate statistics reflect that many children are in dire need of basic resources for their overall development, right from the time they are born. From regular check-ups to awareness among parents, children need resources like medical care for their well-being.

As malnourishment leads to 69% of deaths amongst children below the age of 5 years in India (UNICEF, 2019), CRY works to ensure that children have access to high-quality healthcare support. 86% of children in CRY project areas, under the age of 5 years, have been prevented from malnutrition in India (only 17% of children in CRY project areas are underweight, as compared to 32% all India status as per NFHS 5).

To lower India's infant mortality rate (IMR), child mortality rate (CMR), and maternal mortality rate (MMR), CRY, India’s most trusted NGO, focuses on health and nutrition initiatives to adopt a proactive and responsive strategy. You can also help make a difference by donating to NGO CRY to support children from underserved communities. Your donation can protect underprivileged children from malnutrition in India and give them a chance at a healthier future.