IFPRI Accords ‘Nutrition Champion’ Tag To Odisha

According to a study by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the state of Odisha, has taken a significant stride in reducing child under-nutrition. The study elaborates on nutrition success stories on the ground in countries like Bangladesh, Brazil, Nepal, Peru, Thailand, Vietnam, Ethiopia and India. And as per the study, Odisha has emerged as ‘nutrition champion’ among India’s 28 States.

As per the findings, stunting in Odisha has reduced from 46.5 per cent of children below five years in 2005-06 to 35.3 per cent in 2015-16. Additionally, the proportion of underweight children below the age of five years decreased from 42.3 per cent to 35.8 per cent, and the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) has reached 34 per cent more people in 2017 as compared to those in 2014.

Notably, in terms of delivery of ICDS, Odisha has outperformed many developed states in the nation including Gujarat. Child and maternal health has also picked up faster in Odisha compared to other states.

The coverage of antenatal care in Odisha has also gone up from 48.3 per cent of beneficiaries in 2005 to 64 per cent in 2015. Similarly, institutional births have also seen a rise from 35.6 per cent of all births to 85.3 per cent in the last 10 years

This comes as good news for the state ahead of the launch of the central scheme ‘Poshan Abhiyan’, which is aimed at improving nutrition among children, lactating mothers and pregnant women. The scheme will be launched on the occasion of National Nutrition Week starting September 1 and will aim to eradicate malnutrition in India by 2022.