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HealthPhone™: Combating Malnutrition in India - Challenges & Solutions

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Published on Apr 10, 2014

http://healthphone.org - The child mortality and malnutrition numbers in India are alarmingly high. Nearly half of all children in India are malnourished and over a million children die before they are a month old. Sixty million children are too short for their age and half of those are too thin (acutely malnourished). Many new mothers are adolescents, most of them anaemic and put on only half the weight during pregnancy as compared to the global average.

- 309,300 Indian babies will die on the very day they are born, accounting for 29% of the global total

- 876,200 a year will die during their first month of life

- 1.6 million will die before they reach their fifth birthdays

- Nearly half of all India's children - approximately 60 million - are underweight

- 56,000 pregnant women die annually in India, most during childbirth

- Too often, new mothers are adolescents. A staggering 75% of them are anaemic and most put on less weight during pregnancy than they should - 5 kilograms on average compared to the worldwide average of close to 10kgs.

Teaching mothers, especially those that are illiterate, about the right nutrition for themselves and their children can set them on a path to optimal growth and development both physically and mentally.

HealthPhone is a mobile-phone-based personal video reference library and guide to better health and nutrition practices, for families and communities. The videos are pre-loaded on a microSD memory card to insert in basic mobile feature phones and have been created specifically with the illiterate in mind, and in their language, This gives them direct access to knowledge, in rich multimedia, to learn, share, educate others and use at the time when they need to deal with a health problem, where they are, and as they are, without a connection or cost.

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