GN Bureau | February 18, 2015
About 5.5 million tribal children are malnourished in India. According to United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) report, every second tribal child in India is undernourished.
This is mainly because of lack of land and livelihood, poor maternal health (68.5 percent tribal mothers are anaemic) and poor care of children of women working as labourers.
One in four tribal children aged 0-5 months has stunted growth.
Household poverty is a strong determinant of stuntedness in tribal children. Nearly 90 percent tribal children in the sample belong to families in the two poorest wealth quintiles, in which risk of severe stunting is three times higher compared to children in the two richest wealth quintiles.
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