ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Infant and Young Child Undernutrition

Malnutrition among children occurs almost entirely during the first two years of life and is virtually irreversible after that. Food interventions at schools are unlikely to address infant feeding and young child malnutrition as they cater to older children, who in fact suffer from malnutrition since they are young. The solutions to the problem emerge from a clearer distinction between hunger and malnutrition and the knowledge that child malnutrition is directly associated with inappropriate feeding practices. This requires a shift in thinking, from food-based approaches towards feeding behaviour change.

Economic Value of Breast-feeding in India

Arun Gupta Jon E Rohde This article reviews the macro-economics of infant feeding and attempts to calculate the economic value of lactation in Indian mothers.

Health Crisis in Central Asian Republics

Health Crisis in Central Asian Republics Lincoln C Chen Jon E Rohde Richard Jolly The dissolution of the Soviet Union at the end of 1991 triggered off a series of political and economic crises, characterised by hyperinflation, shortages of essential supplies, compromised purchasing power, and reduction of food consumption. Although mass hunger and epidemics have thus far been avoided, economic hardship has become widely shared, especially among vulnerable children, women, the elderly, and other disadvantaged groups. Critical commodities needed by the health care and food systems are rapidly becoming depleted and under severe fiscal constraints, To prevent the potential collapse of a basically sound health care system, the immediate provision of critical vaccines, drugs, and supplies, accompanied by appropriate technical assistance, is urgently needed' Also important are maintaining 'sqfety nets'for vulnerable groups so that they retain purchasing power to meet vital needs. Nutritional interventions especially in the food-deficit republics should be targeted at high risk children and women, accompanied by the promotion of breast-feeding.

Good Health Makes Good Politics

Good Health Makes Good Politics Jon E Rohde Implementing Health Policy by Meera Chatterjee; Manohar, New Delhi, THROUGH 40 years of independence, countless seminars, workshops and committees have convened, deliberated and produced voluminous recommendations aimed at improving the health of the nation. But not until 1982 was the National Health Policy formulated, committing the government to provide 'health for all by the year 2000'. An ambitious strategy for social equity and justice, the policy reviewed the country's medical heritage, its constitutional mandates and established goals and strategies for universalising comprehensive primary health care oriented at bringing the benefits of modern medicine through community par- ticipation and self-reliance into every village and home in India. Meera Chatterjee critically analyses the essential strategies of that new policy in the light of the realities of today's programme implementation in the health sector.
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