Giving up too early on malnourished children? Catch-up growth and Midday Meals in India

Meal time in India

Writing for Ideas for India this week, Young Lives research officer Abhijeet Singh summarises the evidence on the benefits of the Midday Meal Scheme in India. Findings from several studies suggest there may be some hope for correcting early nutritional deprivations which have happened during the critical 1000-day window from conception to a child’s second birthday. Prevention and remediation of malnutrition during the early years is still likely to be the most effective strategy, both in terms of costs and impact, but for children who remain malnourished beyond this critical window, some remediation might still be achievable.

Read his article at: http://ideasforindia.in/article.aspx?article_id=272#sthash.QG3kqnc6.dpuf