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Malnutrition Crisis On Rise In India: World Bank

m malaria (57 percent), diarrhoea (61 percent) and pneumonia (52 percent).

Overall, child malnutrition is a risk factor for 22.4 percent of India's total burden of disease.

The report points out that in India, child malnutrition is mostly the result of high levels of exposure to infection and inappropriate infant and young child feeding and caring practices, and has its origins almost entirely during the first two to three years of life.

According to it, malnutrition in India is a concentrated phenomenon. A relatively small number of states, districts and villages account for a large share of the burden.

"Bridging the gap between the policy intentions of ICDS and its actual implementation is one of the biggest challenges in international nutrition, with large fiscal and institutional implications," said Michele Gragnolati, World Bank senior economist and lead author of the report.

"But it can have a huge positive long-term impact on human development and economic growth in India."

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