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India's disadvantaged lack nutrition, except we don't know how much

In India, caste is a dominant aspect of an individual's social identity and can similarly determine access to crucial health and nutrition services

poor family, children, malnutrition,

NFHS reports do not provide data disaggregated by social groups at the all-India level for some of the other underlying factors.

Neha Saigal & Saumya Shrivastava | IndiaSpend
India’s national nutrition-specific programmes reach various social groups nearly equally, data show, and differences between uptake and delivery for all groups are small too. Yet more people from Scheduled Tribe and Scheduled Caste communities remain undernourished, as successive National Family Health Surveys have shown.

During the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the link between social identities and access to health services has been well documented in the United States and Brazil--the two countries most affected besides India--with socially vulnerable groups such as blacks and indigenous peoples having been disproportionately affected.

In India, caste is a dominant aspect of an individual’s social identity and can

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First Published: Nov 30 2020 | 9:12 AM IST

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