I’m going to be speaking at TedXSalford tomorrow with the theme being:
The current economic climate has drawn our focus to immediate needs closest to home. But now, more than ever, it’s critical to keep sight of the fact that we are part of interdependent, global community. And too many within that community cannot meet their most basic needs: food, clean water, life-saving medical treatment and vaccines.
We can’t proceed with business as usual.
On April 5, 2012, we’ll take a step back and look at the big picture: Why should we, as a society, continue to invest in global health and development? How can we work across borders and political boundaries to make positive change? And what returns can we expect on our investments?
Any ideas and thoughts are welcome as I begin to craft my own thoughts on the matter and how investment capital can be deployed. At any rate I was doing some research and while I knew that conditions in Africa were marginally better than India; I was a bit surprised by the below (of course the inclusion of North Africa will skew much analysis). Before long a fodder for a post at Brown Pundits began to take hold.
India is not “shining”; parts of it definitely are (the IT corridor and the northwest region) and its surprising that the Subcontinent has such a positive image vis a vis Africa.
She said that according to National Nutrition Survey of 2011, among Pakistani children under the age of five, 43.6% are stunted, 15.1% are wasted and 31.5% are underweight. WHO to eradicate malnutrition in Pakistan
More than half of Afghan children under the age of five are chronically malnourished, according to the joint report by the World Bank and the government.
- Income poverty is a major underlying cause of malnutrition.
Fact: Not entirely true.
At a national level, the linkages between income poverty and child malnutrition are not obvious. Most countries of Sub-Saharan Africa report higher levels of income poverty than India even though levels of child malnutrition in India are significantly higher than in Sub-Saharan Africa.
- Indian children are malnourished because families are too poor to feed their children.
Fact: Not true.
At a very young age, between 6-18 months, when most infants begin to experience growth faltering, food availability within the household is usually not the critical factor causing malnutrition. It is very often inadequate knowledge about feeding practices that are in the best interest of the child. The denial of as little as 200-300 calories in a young child’s daily diet is what makes the difference between normal growth and the faltering that starts the descent towards illness and death. We are talking of half a chapatidipped in dal. Equally critical for preventing malnutrition during early infancy is the quality of care and attention that young infants receive when being fed. Infants do not eat by themselves, and feeding them takes time –– a luxury few rural women can afford, and a chore that older siblings can perform satisfactorily.
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