Ensuring availability of food for child nutrition amidst the COVID – 19 pandemic: Challenges and Way forward

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2020-04-20

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.47203/IJCH.2020.v32i02SUPP.015

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COVID19, coronavirus disease, nutrition, child

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  • Madhu Kumari Upadhyay University College of Medical Sciences & GTB Hospital, Delhi https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9966-8654
  • Somdatta Patra University College of Medical Sciences & GTB Hospital, Delhi https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2319-1105
  • Amir Maroof Khan University College of Medical Sciences & GTB Hospital, Delhi

Abstract

Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic spread in India is steeply rising. A 21-day lockdown has been imposed by the Government of India, to curtail its spread. This has impacted all walks of life, including the availability of food, and nutrition related services. This will impact nutritional status of children throughout India. The two major schemes, i.e. the Integrated Child Development Scheme and the Mid-day meal services scheme have also been affected leading to a risk of worsening of child nutrition. Some states have evolved their own strategies to mitigate the effect of lockdown during this crisis period. Here we discuss the challenges and way forward related to ensuring availability of food for child nutrition during this health crisis.

 

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Upadhyay MK, Patra S, Khan AM. Ensuring availability of food for child nutrition amidst the COVID – 19 pandemic: Challenges and Way forward. Indian J Community Health [Internet]. 2020 Apr. 20 [cited 2022 Oct. 6];32(2 (Supp):251-4. Available from: https://www.iapsmupuk.org/journal/index.php/IJCH/article/view/1411

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