Pankaj Jaiswal

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Hindustan Times
Anchored in Lucknow, a politically important state capital, Pankaj writes on politics and development issues. For POSHAN, he will write on off-beat initiatives like kangaroo-care, grain banking, goat project that have been instituted by communities to fight off hunger and undernutrition.

Under-nutrition among kids in UP alarming
Rashi, 3, of Lucknow holds the national record for being the lowest birth weight baby in the country. She was born with a birth weight of a mere 620 grams and has her name in the Limca Book of Records. Every sixth undernourished child in India lives in Uttar Pradesh.

Where infant safety is more than skin deep

If Uttar Pradesh’s infant and mother mortality scenario looks like a hopeless desert, then the Shivgarh block in Rae Bareli, nearly 85 kilometres from Lucknow, is an oasis in it.

In Bundelkhand hamlets, grain banks keep hunger deaths at bay
The National Food Security Act has been enacted only now, but many villages in drought prone Bundelkhand regions of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh have had their ‘internal food security acts’ in place since long in the form of grain banks — an insurance against hunger.

Under-nourished kids? Go get the goat milk
The Goat project, Lucknow and its associated work in different districts of UP in pulling out extreme cases of under nourished children to healthy condition proves that Gandhi’s idea about goat milk should be applied in fighting out under nutrition — in cheap and easy way.

Mission seeks to end under-nutrition woes
The nutrition mission offers a glimmer of hope in addressing the grim under-nutrition scenario in Uttar Pradesh. As many as 57 per cent of the children (0 to 5 years of age), are undernourished in the most populous state of the country.

Clean mantra: Soap can check under-nutrition
This district in the drought-hit Bundelkhand region of UP coined a ‘clean mantra’ to check under-nutrition and reduce the child mortality rate. The programme, worth replication elsewhere, was launched in October 2012 and ran successfully till March 2013.

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