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India Can End Malnutrition With Political Will, Commitment Of Resources

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: A cost we can’t afford: The human and economic costs of malnutrition and how India can end this scourge
Sue Desmond-Hellmann, chief executive officer of the Gates Foundation, discusses the links among nutrition and improved health, better education, and economic growth, with a focus on India. She writes, “If India is willing to commit similar attention and resources to fight malnutrition [as it did for its universal sanitation initiative] — and insist that we will no longer accept the unacceptable — it will be a turning point in the health and prosperity of the country. Malnutrition was once called India’s ‘national shame.’ Ending it will be a national triumph” (2/26).

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