20 June, 2021

‘We Do Not Know How To Feed Our Children’

Photograph by Jitender Gupta
‘We Do Not Know How To Feed Our Children’

Dr Vinod Paul is an internationally renowned paediatrician, academic, medical researcher and public health exponent, especially newborn health. A member of NITI Aayog, he leads the health and nutrition verticals. In a conversation with Damayanti Datta, Dr Paul talks about healthcare initiatives such as Ayushman Bharat and Poshan Abhiyaan, and how to resolve the problem of malnutrition. Edited excerpts:

Several key reforms of the Centre address the health, wellbeing and nutrition of vulnerable people, yet rarely do we hear of them spoken ­together. Why is that?

We need to talk more about them together ­because one without the others is incomplete. First, you must appreciate that Ayushman Bharat has two pillars: one relates to primary healthcare and the other to financial protection for health expenditure in secondary and tertiary care hospitalisation. Both are complementary. Poshan Abhiyaan targets stunting, undernutrition and anaemia, particularly among children and women. Bringing their...

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