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India fourth worst place in maternal care, says report

According to World`s Mothers report, India is the fourth worst place for mothers among 80 less developed countries. India ranks 76th due to its poor performance on maternal and child health. The re-port shines a spotlight on the lifelong, if not deadly, impact chronic malnutrition has on millions of children across the globe.
Drawing a comparison with other less developed nations, the report says India underperformed on all indicators of the index, barring contraceptive prence and access to safe water.

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The country has the highest rate of malnutrition among 80 less developed countries with 43 percent of under-five children underweight. The growing economy`s rate of skilled birth attendance was the 5th lowest among 80 countries, the report revealed.
Chronic malnutrition is a hidden crisis because it often goes unnoticed. Unlike the visibly emaciated children we see impacted by famine, children suffering from chronic malnutrition are not as easily identified — although the lack of nutrition is slowly stifling their physical and mental development.

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