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

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Uttarakhand, located in the foothills of the Himalayan mountain range, was formed in November 2000 as the 27th State of India. The state, largely forested, accounts for 1.6 percent of the area of the country and includes 13 districts (Government of Uttarakhand 2017). The state is home to more than 10 million people (0.8 percent of the population of India) of which 78.8 percent are literate (Census of India 2011). Uttarakhand has a sex ratio of 963 females per 1,000 males (Census of India 2011).

The purpose of this Policy Note is to examine the trends in undernutrition in Uttarakhand 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 Uttarakhand.