Friday, June 05, 2015
Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Health has now designated the month of June as National Nutrition Month to promote better nutrition. Month long programs have been planned to commemorate this occasion to instil a change in the attitude of people towards nutrition and to upgrade prevailing nutritional standards.
So what was the driving force behind this decision? According to health authorities, although Sri Lanka has good health records at the national level and in comparison to its South Asian counterparts, maternal and child undernutrition still continue to be a big challenge in the island nation.
In addition, there are significant health and nutrition inequalities among geographic areas and socio-economic groups in the country. Maternal and child health indicators have been found to be much worse among rural populations and in districts with the highest proportion of the population working on plantations (estate sector).
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