India has the most malnourished children in the world. Around 45 per cent of deaths amongst children under the age of five are linked to lack of proper nutrition. Thus, the possibility of achieving the UN’s sustainable development goals at a global level depends largely on India’s progress.
The economic, social and medical impacts of malnutrition are dire and lasting. There is no reason why India, despite being one of the fastest growing economies, still has stunted children. The government has initiated many schemes and policies to reduce hunger and malnutrition in the country, mostly amongst women and children. Poshan Abhiyaan, one of the many interventions to fight malnourishment, provides the right push to end this scourge.