Plan chalked out to eradicate malnutrition among Assam kids

A diverse group of policymakers are working towards "sustainable food and nutrition security for all".

A state consultation was held to address childhood wasting in Assam on 19 June with the Assam government and the Coalition for Food and Nutrition Security (CFNS), a diverse group of policymakers working towards "sustainable food and nutrition security for all," joining hands to chalk out a plan to eradicate malnutrition from the state.
The chief secretary highlighted the steps being taken by the social welfare department to address the issue of severe acute malnutrition (SAM) and moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) in children of the state.
Wasting (low weight for height) which is also known as severe acute malnutrition (SAM) is a condition of under-nutrition among children. It is calculated by comparing the weight for height of a child with a reference population of well-nourished and healthy children as per the guidelines of the World Health Organization on child growth standards. Children who suffer from growth retardation tend to be at a greater risk of illness and death.
Jishnu Barua addressing the people present  at the  Assam Administrative Staff College
Image: Jishnu Barua addressing the people present at the Assam Administrative Staff College
Addressing the consultation as chief guest, Assam chief secretary Jishnu Barua said that childhood wasting, especially the malnutrition status of the state was at an alarming position. The chief secretary highlighted the steps being taken by the social welfare department to address the issue of severe acute malnutrition (SAM) and moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) in children of the state.



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