Status of Nutrition-Relevant Interventions During Pregnancy in India: Insights from the National Family Health Survey-4

The World Health Organization antenatal care guidelines 2016 have emphasized maternal nutrition assessment and provision of a set of nutrition-relevant interventions. This Data Note describes the current levels of key maternal nutrition interventions during pregnancy, summarizing the National Family Health Survey-4 (2016) data from 640 districts of India. It presents key findings for the following nutrition-relevant >> Read more

On International Women’s Day, a Focus on Women’s Nutrition in India

Of the 1.2 billion people in India, 586 million are women. On World Women’s Day, as we consider ways of empowering women and girls to optimize their full potential, it is also important to examine the ways in which poor nutrition among women might compromise their ability to fully participate in society.  Thus, on International >> Read more

A Quick Guide to District Nutrition Profiles

Data on the nutritional status of children in India is often only available at the national and state levels, with very little data present at the district level. With the objective of bridging this knowledge gap, POSHAN has generated District Nutrition Profiles (DNPs) for the 640 districts of India. These profiles aim to create awareness, >> Read more

POSHAN presents 640 District Nutrition Profiles

POSHAN presents updated District Nutrition Profiles (DNPs) for 640 districts in India. These draw on diverse sources of data to compile a set of indicators on the state of nutrition and its cross-sectoral determinants. The profiles are intended to be conversation-starters at the district level and to enable discussions about why undernutrition levels are high, >> Read more

Can conditional cash transfers improve the uptake of nutrition interventions and household food security? Evidence from Odisha’s Mamata Scheme

While there is considerable global evidence on the efficacy of cash transfers in improving health and nutrition outcomes, the evidence from South Asia, and in particular, India, is limited. Most of the available evidence on India comes from studies on the Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY), which has been credited with increasing the number of institutional >> Read more

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

West Bengal, situated in the north-east of India, accounts for 2.6 percent of the area of the country and includes 23 districts (Government of West Bengal 2017). The state is home to over 91 million people (7.54 percent of the population of India), of which 76.26 percent is literate (Census of India 2011). West Bengal >> Read more

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

Sikkim is located in the north east of India, sharing borders with Nepal, China and Bhutan. Sikkim is India’s least populous state, with 610,577 inhabitants, and has a population density of 86 people per square kilometer. The sex ratio of the state is 890 females per 1000 males (Census of India 2011). The state is >> Read more