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Milk Bank for Vanvasi children by Sewa Bharati activists in Ranchi

Fighting malnutrition with a difference  With 44 per cent underweight children, India faces the severe level of child malnutrition in the world. One in three of the world’s malnourished children live here only. It is the disease which not only limits child’s development and capacity to learn, but also costs lives—around 50 per cent of all childhood deaths are attributed to malnutrition. About 46 per cent of the children below the age of three years are too small for their age, 47 per cent are underweight and at least 16 per cent are wasted. It is the state of affairs despite the government launching many schemes to fight it. In this situation the method adopted by Sewa Bharati activists in Ranchi to fight malnutrition has attracted many. Involving about 170 women of the city they formed a Milk Bank to feed milk to over 300 rural Vanvasi children everyday. Instead of offering the mid-day meal, which proved to be ‘mid-day murder meal’ in certain cases, this initiative by …