Twenty-two tribal children died over the past two months due to acute malnutrition in Odisha's Jajpur district. The children belonged to the Juang Tribe in in Nagada village, Odisha.
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With no access to immediate health care and social welfare benefits, situation remains grim in the village. 46% of India’s children under five years of age are underweight, 48% are stunted and 25% are in a wasted state of health, according to the 2015 GoI figures.
Acute malnutrition is an underlying cause of the death for 3 million children annually, across the world.