Fellowship Articles

Puducherry has lacunas in ICDS implementation

Apr 01, 2014 11:30 AM A long bar is hung on a rope from a beam. On one end of the bar is a long strap that is attached to a harness of sorts and a little child sits inside while the Anganwadi worker adds more weight on one end until the bar is perfectly horizontal.

Anganwadis yet to use new standards of nutrition to collect data

Apr 01, 2014 11:15 AM In 2009, the Central government issued an order asking the Integrated Child Development Scheme to collect data using the World Health Organisation standards for nutrition.

Malnourishment affects recovery among cancer-hit children

Mar 25, 2014 10:06 AM Although there is a 70 to 90 per cent chance of curing paediatric cancer at an early stage, malnourishment among children come as a major hindrance to the child’s ability to survive.

Changes to midday meals make for tastier experience

Mar 25, 2014 09:49 AM Till a year back, the School Education Department served eggs on a daily basis as its protein supplement, in the midday meal scheme. Once the price of eggs became high, the Department was forced to change its tack.

Weaning food nutritious, but not so palatable

Jan 23, 2014 07:33 AM For the past few years, young children have been given weaning food through Integrated Child Development Scheme to help improve their nutrition.

Puducherry anganwadis no longer serving hot food

Jan 23, 2014 07:24 AM In a tiny anganwadi centre in Muthialpet at the border of Puducherry and Tamil Nadu, the anganwadi worker, Saraswati, has a tiffin box filled with curd rice. She proceeds to take turns to feed the young children, who are sitting on the floor.

To lower maternal deaths, India urged to reconsider role of midwives

Jan 13, 2014 10:30 AM In this village 30 miles south of Kolkata, three generations of women have depended on Saira Bewa to deliver their babies.

Madhya Pradesh: ‘Malnutrition ka dil dekho’

Jan 13, 2014 09:25 AM As the Madhya Pradesh government sanctions a Rs. 150 crore budget for the state tribal museum, the tribals in the state suffer malnutrition and are forced to migrate.

The Hiranyakashyaps of Uttar Pradesh

Jan 06, 2014 07:06 AM With sixty percent children malnourished in the state, the implementation of the Integrated Child Development Services, the largest scheme to provide nutrition to children in the country, is nothing but a sham.

Corruption can gobble up Rs 1 lakh crore

Jan 06, 2014 06:31 AM Unless appropriate steps are taken to ensure transparency and accountability in the ambitious Anganwadi Scheme of the Indian government, the prevailing ‘corruption’ can gobble up around 1 lakh Indian rupees

The White Tiger Girls

Dec 27, 2013 02:20 PM Malnutrition is a big contributor to the low child sex ratio in Rewa district of Madhya Pradesh. The girls of the Kol tribe are suffering.

Only 2.25 lakh pregnant women received govt assistance

Dec 24, 2013 01:03 PM According to ministry documents, in the last three years Rs 1430 cr were released under the CMB scheme but in reality not even Rs 300 crore reached the real needy population.

Organised marginalization

Dec 24, 2013 11:32 AM There is an alarming fall in the population of Attappadi tribals due to declining birth rates and life expectancy and influx of settlers.

Malnutrition in kids: Who is responsible?

Dec 24, 2013 11:25 AM More than 13 lakh Anganwadi centres in the country can play an important role in taking care of the needs of children below six years in age.

Less than 20 per cent kids getting regular meals at Anganwadi centres

Dec 24, 2013 11:05 AM The main target of the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) was to provide proper meals to children and save them from malnutrition.

Kitchen gardens helping people fight malnutrition in urban areas

Dec 17, 2013 11:28 AM Poor people living in urban areas have got some hope of nutritional food by cultivating vegetables in the kitchen gardens.

Racing rats or racing food

Nov 12, 2013 10:00 AM Caste discrimination percolates down to the food plates for Musahar community in Madhepura district of Bihar.

When patriarchy is a scheme to conquer malnutrition

Nov 12, 2013 09:40 AM Mewat is a living example of how Haryana government has failed to look at malnutrition amongst adolescent girls as a socio-economic problem.

Quality food is a far-fetched fantasy for these women

Nov 06, 2013 10:52 AM The Jungle Mahal region of West Bengal, which spans the three districts of West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia, used to be notorious for providing safe passage to Maoist rebels transiting between Bengal and neighbouring Jharkhand.

India’s battle against nutrition data deficiency

Oct 25, 2013 06:50 AM Being underweight is a common indicator of both short- and long-term malnutrition in children, and government workers can help prevent health problems from worsening by catching the signs of malnutrition early.

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