Improving Nutrition in Arunachal Pradesh: Insights from Examining Trends in Outcomes, Determinants and Interventions between 2006 and 2016

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Arunachal Pradesh, situated in the north-east of India, accounts for 2.5 percent of the area of the country and includes 21 districts (Government of Arunachal Pradesh 2017). The state is home to more than 1 million people (0.08 percent of the population of India) of which 65.4 percent is literate (Census of India 2011). Arunachal Pradesh has a sex ratio of 938 females per 1,000 males (Census of India 2011). The state is largely forested and is known to be the richest bio-geographical province of the Himalayan zone (Government of Arunachal Pradesh 2017).

The purpose of this Policy Note is to examine the trends in undernutrition in Arunachal Pradesh and to document trends and geographic variability in the major determinants of nutrition and the coverage of key nutrition and health interventions. In doing this analysis, we aim to highlight the key areas of action to improve nutrition in Arunachal Pradesh.