A sharp focus needed on tracking intervention coverage and drivers of health and nutrition outcomes to manage progress

The recently launched 2017 Countdown to 2030 report has reported mixed results stating that the 81 Countdown countries have made progress but remain far from universal coverage for most essential interventions for reproductive, maternal, newborn, child health and nutrition. It presents detailed country and equity profiles on women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health for the 81 >> Read more

Improving Nutrition to Nourish the SDGs: 2017 Global Nutrition Report

Improving nutrition will be a catalyst for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), affirms the 2017 Global Nutrition Report, launched on November 4th. Providing an independent and annual review, this Report reveals that the world faces a grave nutrition situation. Two billion people lack key micronutrients (like iron and vitamin A), 155 million children are >> Read more

Exclusive Breastfeeding in India: Trends and Data Gaps

Globally, only 38 percent of infants aged 0 to 6 months are exclusively breastfed. Recent analyses indicate that suboptimal breastfeeding practices, including non-exclusive breastfeeding, contribute to 11.6 percent of mortality in children under 5 years of age. This was equivalent to about 804,000 child deaths in 2011 (WHO/UNICEF). In 2012, the World Health Assembly (WHA) >> Read more