GDP growing at 8.3 per cent, but almost half of Indian children under five affected

as the Simlipal National Park in Orissa's Mayurbhanj district closes during monsoon to protect wildlife, it turns into a graveyard for its human inhabitants, reports an independent working group on

NP-NSPE, 2006 seeks to address two of the most pressing problems for the majority of children in India, namely, hunger and education by: Improving the nutritional status of children in classes I – V in Government, Local Body and Government aided schools, and EGS and AIE centres; Encouraging poor children, belonging to disadvantaged sections,

"THE tribals need to change their attitude and lifestyle," said R.K. Dixit, the Chief Medical Health Officer (CMHO) of Sheopur district in Madhya Pradesh, in response to a query about continuing reports of children starving to death in the region. The Sahariyas, one of the poorest tribal communities in Madhya Pradesh, live mostly in remote villages with little access to health care.

To document and compare the magnitude of inequities in child malnutrition across urban and rural areas, and to investigate the extent to which within-urban disparities in child malnutrition are accounted for by the characteristics of communities, households and individuals.

Vaccines with mercury can cause autism, but removing the metal is uneconomical for developing countries such as India

Least polluting countries hit the hardest

No guidelines for severe malnutrition in children

Every year, before monsoons, the spectre resurrects, grabs headlines and is buried in a few months. Malnutrition deaths of children in Maharashtra first made news a decade ago. Since then, committees have been appointed, schemes have been announced

Predicted impacts on human health due to climate change include increases in temperature related illnesses, vector borne diseases, health impacts related to extreme weather events, and health effects due to food insecurity. These changes will require more emphasis to be placed on planning for health facilities, as well as increased capacity of the medical community to cope with these changes.