Improving nutrition in Himachal Pradesh: Insights from examining trends in outcomes, determinants and interventions between 2006 and 2016

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Himachal Pradesh is a north Indian state, situated in the Himalayan mountain range. It is home to 6.8 million people, and has a population density of 123 people per square kilometer. The sex ratio of the state is 972 females per 1000 males (Census of India 2011). The adult literacy rate in the state is 82.8 percent. The state is divided into 12 districts, 52 sub divisions, 75 tehsils and 34 sub tehsils (Government of Himachal Pradesh 2017).

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