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Statewise guidelines for the prevention and management of severe wasting

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UNICEF

Updated 25 Jul 2023
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Undernutrition remains a critical public health challenge in India, particularly among children. The National Family Health Survey - 5 (2019-2021) found that 19 percent of children under 5 in India were suffering from wasting and 7 percent had severe wasting. As part of the POSHAN 2.0, state governments have been rolling out a comprehensive and integrated community-based nutrition approach to address this issue. The programme not only targets the management of acute malnutrition in children but also focuses on prevention to ensure children do not become malnourished in the first place.  To achieve this, state-specific guidelines on the prevention and management of severe acute malnutrition have been developed and released. The guidelines aim to tackle immediate and underlying causes of malnutrition and encourage the active involvement of parents, caregivers and community leaders. By adopting a holistic approach, the aim is to reach more children at the community level and significantly reduce excess mortality due to acute malnutrition.  With the implementation of these state-wise guidelines, it is estimated that millions of children will benefit from both the prevention and management of severe wasting. The guidelines are available in the resources section respectively for nine states. We hope you find these helpful in advancing efforts for better nutrition and wellbeing for every child. 

UNICEF

Updated 25 Jul 2023
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UNICEF

Updated 25 Jul 2023
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