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Around 93 Lakh Children Victimised By Severe Acute Malnutrition in India

In an alarming revelation by Government of India, a little over 93 lakh children are suffering from severe acute malnutrition in India.

The case of malnutrition occurs because of poor diet, digestive conditions or another disease.


The Minister of State for Health Faggan Singh Kulaste gave the statistics while answering a query in Rajya Sabha today. He said that there are 966 Nutritional Rehabilitation Centres (NRCs) in 25 states and UTs in the country.

In a reply he wrote that “It is estimated that around 93.4 lakh children are having severe acute malnutrition (SAM) as per National Family Health Survey (NFHS) 4 and out of this, 10 percent of SAM with medical complications may require admission to NRCs”

Kulaste also said that around 1.7 lakh children enrolled at the NRCs in the year 2015-16. During the year 2015-16, out of the 1,72,902 children enrolled in the NRCs, 92,760 were able to successfully recover from the above mentioned conditions.

WHO defines severe acute malnutrition as very low weight for height (below -3z scores of the median WHO growth standards), by visible severe wasting, or by the presence of nutritional oedema.

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