UNICEF initiative to tackle malnutrition in children

The Hindu | 12 October 2016 | 0 comments

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is planning to launch a pilot project of supplying nutritious food for children in India.

UNICEF, with the help of government departments involved in child care, other stakeholders and NGOs, is proposing to launch Community Based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) and supply Ready to Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) in the State.

“We are planning to launch CMAM in the capital region and spread the project to the entire State. Unicef will submit a draft of the project to the government soon, and the food will be supplied through anganwadi centres and schools,” said a UNICEF representative who is monitoring its projects in the region.

“Acute malnutrition is one of the reasons for child deaths in the world, and some lakhs of children are dying due to malnutrition every year across the globe. RUTF contains therapeutic milk, sugar, oil and peanuts, which contain high vitamins, minerals and nutritious supplements, and the product saved some thousands of children suffering from severe malnutrition,” the UNICEF representative said.

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