National Programs and Policies to Address Child Malnutrition in India: Challenges and Opportunities

Apurv Soni, Sania Masoud, Zulfiqar A. Bhutta

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Despite India's progress in launching and scaling up programs aimed at achieving optimal child nutrition over the last decade, India fell short of the 2015 Millennium Development Goals. This chapter reviews existing national level programs that address child nutrition, details their performance, and recommends changes that can enhance their impact on child nutrition. Specifically, we identify challenges and opportunities in the implementation and operation of national level programs, which currently function in silos and lack a cohesive coordinating strategy. This chapter also documents the palpable interest in advancing maternal and child health through national policy, advocacy, and social engagement that pervades India.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Famine, Starvation, and Nutrient Deprivation
Subtitle of host publicationFrom Biology to Policy
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9783319553870
ISBN (Print)9783319553863
Publication statusPublished - 6 Mar 2019


  • Advocacy
  • Child nutrition
  • Governance
  • Health policy
  • Implementation science
  • India
  • National programs
  • Nutrition framework
  • Rural-urban disparities
  • Social determinants of health


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