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.
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.