According to the report, “As primary caregivers, women play a pivotal – if not the most crucial – role in whether children are eating well, yet far too many women are excluded from decision-making.”
A GHI score has been calculated for all the countries on the basis of the proportion of a country’s child population that is undernourished, share of children under five years of age who have insufficient weight for their height or whose height is not commensurate to their age, and the mortality rate of children of under five years of age.
Malnutrition is a growing cause of concern in rural areas of the country. To tackle the problem in Bihar, a pilot project has been launched by Jeevika, a rural livelihood programme, with technical assistance from Unicef. The project includes a mid-arm bangle with a 23 cm circumference that women will have to wear. This bangle will tell health workers if a woman is healthy or malnourished by the fit of the bangle.