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 INDIA GOVERNANCE REPORT

 
CASE STUDY

Mini Anganwadis Could Help The Poorest And Most Disadvantaged

Tribal and scheduled caste populations are poorer and more malnourished than the rest of the population, and have less access to anganwadis--which provide take-home food supplements, hot cooked meals to children, pre-school education, immunisation and health check-ups--that can help improve the nutrition and thereby health of mothers and children. Our story on the challenges that the poorest, most disadvantaged communities face in accessing anganwadis, and one village’s attempt to set up a mini anganwadi
SPOTLIGHT

India has 48 million malnourished children, the world’s largest number. For most children, the problem starts in the womb because mothers are malnourished. In 2016, schooling and productivity losses of undernourished children were expected to cost India $38 billion (Rs 27,240 crore), or nearly as much as the budget for National Rural Health Mission (2019-20) that provides health services in rural areas. A two-year-old Andhra Pradesh government programme hopes to change that narrative by providing hot, cooked meals to pregnant and lactating mothers. A 2019 evaluation found the AP scheme boosted dietary diversity for mothers. Our report from tribal, rural and urban areas of AP’s East Godavari district found enthusiasm but also found unpaid anganwadi rent, staff salaries and staff shortages.


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