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The nation joins our HUNGaMA

Taking up the cause of malnutrition, meant understanding it, and pinpointing districts
that have affected children.

However, for all intents and purposes, India had no updated district wise information on child nutrition after 2004 as the 2nd round of the District Level Health Survey (DLHS) was conducted in 2002-04.

To understand ground level realities about nutrition levels among children and gather data from some of the worst affected districts in the country, Naandi launched India’s first ever Hunger and Malnutrition (Hungama) survey in 2010. The effort was supported by leaders from across political parties, business houses, civil society organisations and the Citizens’ Alliance against Malnutrition.

Working with a list of 100 focus districts that had the lowest child development indicators, Hungama collected district level data on the nutrition status of children in the 0-5 years age group.

Survey duration
October 2010 to February 2011

Survey details
Data on underweight, stunting and wasting among children gathered by 1123 surveyors from 3,360 villages in 112 selected districts.

109,093 children under the age of five years covered.
More than 74,000 mothers interviewed.
Children’s birth dates were recorded, they were weighed, and their heights and arm width measured to record and analyse the levels of nutrition prevalent in the most affected areas.

Additionally, observations of how India’s Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) machinery worked in different areas were recorded to help build a perspective about causative, promotive as well as preventive factors that played a role in determining the nutrition status of children in a village.

Hungama spoke extensively with mothers to understand their realities and their methods of recognising and coping with malnutrition.
Illuminating facts came to light in this first ever effort in the country to document a mother’s insights and fears in dealing with malnutrition.

Acknowledging the usefulness of district level data on nutrition levels among children brought out in the Hungama Survey, Dr Manmohan Singh, the Prime Minister of India, while releasing the survey report said:
“The health of our economy and society lies in the health of this generation. We cannot hope for a healthy future for our country with a large number of malnourished children. We need to focus on districts where malnutrition levels are high and where conditions causing malnutrition prevail.”

Working with a list of 100 focus districts that had the lowest child development indicators, Hungama collected district level data on the nutrition status of children in the 0-5 years age group.