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India fares lower than Afghanistan, B'desh on infant feeding index in S Asia

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New Delhi | Tuesday, Sep 1 2015 IST
India's track record of infant and young child feeding practices is lower than even Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in the South Asia region, speakers at a seminar here said.

According to the 2015 assessment report, India scored 78 out of 150 pointsindicating that the nation has made little improvement since its last assessment in 2012.

''The country is reeling below every other country in South Asian region -- be it Afghanistan,Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. These countries have made rapid progress compared to India because for them its a matter of development and survival,'' Dr Arun Gupta, Regional Coordinator, IBFAN ASIA, Central Coordinator, BPNI said.

Referring to the country's dismal performance on feeding its youngest citizens, variousspeakers pointed to ineffective policies and programmes, lack of budgets, coordination and absence of better monitoring that was hampering breast feeding practices in the country.

''Though there are some welcome advances displayed in India's current assessment,there are even more missed opportunities to actualise potentially easy gains. These missedopportunities reflect the failure of key decision makers in giving issues related to Infant andYoung Child Feeding priority and due attention,'' Dr Gupta said

He said it was ''not understandable why only 44 per cent women were able to begin breastfeeding within one hour when more than 75 per cent deliver in institutions asclaimed by our Prime Minister during his speech few days back at the 'Global Call to ActionSummit 2015'.''More UNI SD AE SB 1533

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