This note analyses the data on preterm births in Jharkhand as available from the HMIS (Health Management Information System) data for the three pre-pandemic years 2017-18 to 2019-20. This data is important, both as surrogate for maternal health as well as early warning system for handling the burden of child malnutrition. We examine the consistency of the data, the burden and incidence of preterm births, and regional clusters, if any. It emerges that the districts – Gumla, Paschim Singhbhum and Purbi Singhbhum have high prevalence of preterm births. The analysis also reveals the need to pay attention to the tribal districts.
African-Asian Rural Development Organization (AARDO) and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay today inaugurated an international online training programme on “Food and Nutrition Security in a Post-Pandemic World”. The online
training will be held between 14th to 23rd September, 2021.
Finally, the Government of India has bitten the bullet – by setting a goal of Malnutrition free India by 2022. The Prime Minister himself launched the National Nutrition Mission at Zunzunu on 8th March. He interacted with District Magistrates (DMs) of the aspirational districts.
Lagaan was a path-breaking movie. It showed how an underdog can emerge victorious against all odds given unity, focus and right skills or training. It was also path breaking as a communication tool using a one-day cricket narrative, for a pre-independence era story. We could fruitfully use this narrative to plan for a malnutrition free India
We examined birth seasonality trends in India by plotting monthly data, between FY18-FY20. The data has been tested for its consistency across three years and the data is found to be reasonably consistent across states, and for rural and urban areas as well.
A quick preliminary analysis of the district level NFHS – 4 data on child malnutrition levels, reveals certain important aspects.
Annual anthropometric data collection helps in planning, implementation & monitoring of nutrition action plan at regional levels.