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Assembly-Unicef symposium on child nutrition tomorrow

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: The Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly (APLA) and Unicef are jointly organising a symposium on Child nutrition- Invest in the first 1000 days of life’ at Hotel Gateway here on June 17.

Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu will participate as the chief guest.

Announcing this in a press conference here on Wednesday, Assembly Speaker Kodela Sivaprasada Rao said the emphasis of the symposium was on preventing stunting, which begins before conception and continues into pregnancy and affects growth of the child till the age of two.

Chronic under-nutrition accounts for at least a third of all deaths in children below five years. Such children are at increased risk of morbidity and decreased cognitive functions resulting in lower school performance, low economic productivity and heightened risk of degenerative diseases like diabetes and obesity.

Dr. Sivaprasada Rao said the APLA was working with the Unicef for improving the maternal and children’s health care as the new State needed to have a proper plan of action to build quality human capital on which growth depends.

The Speaker himself had studied the best practices related to maternal health care, which is crucial for birth of healthy children, in Maharashtra along with a team of experts from the Unicef, MLCs and MLAs and officials of Women and Child Development Department.

Health care activities

They have also taken stock of the children’s health care activities of the Karnataka Legislators’ Forum for Child Rights.

The outcome of the visits would be discussed in Friday’s event. Besides, the top brass of UNICEF India and local resource persons will hold deliberations on how A.P should scale up the essential services related to ‘maternal, infant and young children nutrition.’

The A.P government has found that 35.4 per cent of children in the State are stunted as per the Rapid Survey on Children 2013 and half of the woman of child bearing age are anaemic according to the same study, Dr. Sivaprasada Rao added.

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