Nutrition and Immunity

Nutrition and Immunity

Malnutrition is recognized to be the most acute and chronic among the developing countries and India in the issue is no exception to it. And as a result of it new born children are born underweight. When it comes to toddlers, malnutrition is one of the prime reasons for preschool children deaths and the observable symptoms are low body weight with a decrease in immune capacity in response to tetanus immunization. It has been seen that malnutrition and infection does interact synergistically and in the process, infectious illness brings deterioration in nutritional status and nutrition worsens infection. The same immunity problems are seen in adult volunteers, and even in rural poor child communities.

Despite the stringent measures taken up by the Governments in order to improvise nutrition values in rural poor and enable to build immunity among those, the statistics so stated do present the immediate need by the government and private agencies to contribute the most in terms of imparting education, providing every essential element in connection to nutrition and immunity. Below stated are some of the most horrifying statistics that can be imagined ever.

Breast feed is one of the most important aspects to be practiced in new born babies. Only 25 per cent of newborns experience breast feeding an hour after birth and only 46 percent of the infants get breast fed until next six months. Although breast feeding is recommended for infant and young child feeding, only 20 percent of the children age 6-23 months is fed. In this issue, Para Association for Rural Development, PARD, has pledged to educate and create awareness about the significance of nutrition

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