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Indian children ill-fed, says UN

21st February 2007

Nearly half of Indian children below the age of three are malnourished, according to the UN children's fund.

A recent survey by the country's health ministry, backed by UNICEF, showed undernutrition at much higher levels that in the average sub-Saharan African country.

By comparison, in Ethiopia, just 35-40% of children under three have poor diets, UNICEF said.

India's nutritional problems did not stem from a lack of food, as in the case of African countries, but from problems with the frequency and quality of food intake, it added.

 

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