Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.
5) Educated mothers are the best nutritional interventions to cure the problems of stunting and wasting among children. Comment. (250 words)
Why this question:
The article brings out the highlights of the Comprehensive National Nutrition Survey (CNNS) report, brought out recently by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
Key demand of the question:
The question pertains to ascertain the significance of Educated mothers in curing the problems of nutrition among children.
Comment– here we have to express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and form an overall opinion thereupon.
Structure of the answer:
In brief bring out the current status of nutrition among children in India as highlighted by the recent survey.
First discuss the role of educated mothers – Stunting among children less than four years came down from 46% to 19%, a whopping 27% points decline, when maternal education went up from illiteracy/no schooling to 12 years of schooling completed. This phenomenal decline was also true for the number of underweight children.
Explain the significance of education among mothers and their impact on the nutritional aspect of children.
Conclude that the education of parents, especially females, in the rural and semi-urban areas should be promoted and given due importance. The focus of all these programs should be the mother in terms of security, employment, literacy, justice, healthcare, food, shelter, and social equality.