ASIA/INDIA - Over 70 million children suffer from chronic malnutrition and 13 million work

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Anantapur (Agenzia Fides) - In India about 72 million children suffer from chronic malnutrition: in addition to the risk of death, malnutrition causes delays in physical and mental growth. There are also 13 million young workers, 75% of them do very dangerous jobs, such as in mines where they are exploited 18 hours every day. In the Country there are still 400 million people living in extreme poverty, and each year 1.4 million children die before the age of 5.
Among women, 60% suffer from anemia because they are the last members of the family to eat.
In the State of Andhra Prades, the Spanish NGO Fundación Vicente Ferrer is carrying out an operation against caste discrimination that affects 165 million people, support for women, the eradication of child labor and the fight against malnutrition. Among the food programs, the NGO distributes a basic package with 4 eggs a week and a bowl of cereal a day for the poorest families. (AP) (Agenzia Fides 02/12/2014)