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Making Investments in Maternal Nutrition and Sanitation and Changing Social Norms to Enhance their Effectiveness can help to Exploit India’s Demographic Dividend

Budget - Dated:- 26-2-2016 - The National Food Security Act and Swachh Bharat are part of the Government s Policy Agenda to Improve Maternal and Early Life Health The Economic Survey 2015-16 presented today in the Parliament by the Union Finance Mini .....

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ocial norms can help India exploit its demographic dividend. The Survey pointed out that early life conditions affect cognitive development. A healthy mother is more likely to give birth to a healthy baby. Further, returns to human capital investment .....

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opportunity for fiscal and capacity constrained governments. The Survey notes three things with regards to height for age of children in India - There has been a gradual improvement in both rural and urban India. The children surveyed during the RSCO .....

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urvey identifies neo-natal mortality as an important indicator of in-utero nutrition. Out of all infants to die in India, 70% die in the first month. A leading cause of this is low birth weight. Underweight women at the beginning of pregnancy are far .....

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ly to be underweight. Additionally, Indian women do-not gain enough weight during pregnancy. Women in India gain 7 kgs. during pregnancy compared to the WHO recommended figure of 12.5-18 kgs. Another reason for poor maternal health is that social nor .....

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a universal cash entitlement for pregnant women of at least ₹ 6000 is a promising opportunity to improve nutrition during pregnancy. The Survey recommended pairing cash transfers with education about pregnancy weight gain. The Survey identifie .....

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