Women & Child Health  
Today, the life of women in the developing world is a vicious cycle of inferior status by virtue of poverty and deprivation, with no access to resources of a balanced diet, health care and education. Therefore, malnutrition is widely prevalent.
Nearly 30 per cent of the world's population is currently suffering from one or more forms of malnutrition. Approximately 840 million people are undernourished or chronically food insecure, and as many as 2.8 million children and 300,000 women die every year because of malnutrition in developing countries. Without rapid progress in reducing hunger, achieving the other MDGs related to poverty reduction, education, child mortality, maternal health, and disease will be impossible. The health and nutrition status of women and children were studied intensively within the WIDER twin projects titled 'Hunger and Food Security' (2004-5) and 'Gender and Food Security' (2006-7).
  Child health programs  
As more women and mothers enter the workforce, child care has become an increasingly important public policy issue. Many families, particularly those with modest incomes, have trouble financing its cost. Poor quality of care is another persistent problem. Low wages for child care workers tend to promote high turnover and inexperienced providers, and a patchwork of state regulations inadequately addresses these concerns. State governments have a number of programs that tackle some of these issues, but many problems still remain unsolved.
The promotion of child development in India is gradually being viewed as a meaningful objective of national development policy. The government has invested in an impressive 2000 Primary Health Centers, 130,000 sub-centers, 2000 community health centers, over 500,000 trained birth attendants, and 400,000 community health guides. However, there are also a great number of overlapping uncoordinated programs and an inadequate development policy. A meaningful policy on child development must address removal of all environmental constraints on child growth and development in the intrauterine phase, late infancy and early childhood, primary school ages, and adolescence.
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