India child stunting rate is 37.9%, which is categorized as very high in terms of its public health significance. Rajasthan has 39.1% of children (under-5 years), who have stunted growth.
21% of children under five in India are wasted, and data shows that disturbing trend on Malnutrition in India. This was stated by Dr Subodh Agarwal, Additional Chief Secretary (Industries) Government of Rajasthan, who was the Chief Guest at Rajasthan Food Fortification Summit 2019.
The Summit was organized by the Indian Institute of Health Management Research (IIHMR) in partnership with Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN).
On occasion, Secretary, Skills, Employment & Entrepreneurship and Labour, Government of Rajasthan, Mr Naveen Jain said that we need to be a leader and take up fast steps and implement it to achieve our goals. Nutrition is a crucial issue, but still, it has always left behind. There is a massive gap in conceptualizing and implementation at the ground level.
President, IIHMR U, Dr Pankaj Gupta, said that Malnutrition is a grave issue that has plagued the progress of the nation. Food fortification is a viable solution to solve this issue effectively.
Head Programs, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), Mr Deepti Gulati gave a brief of the relevance of Food Fortification. Fortification gives us nutrition, gives us Vitamin A and enrich our food. She laid stress on strengthening regulatory monitoring to ensure the quality and safety of fortified foods and make it mandatory to fortify oil and milk with Vitamin A and D.
Country Director, GAIN, Mr Tarun Vij said that the products produced by GAIN are reaching to 650 million Indian citizens.
Project Director, Food Fortification Project and Pro-President, IIHMR U, Dr P R Sodani welcomed the delegates.