• Abstract

    Investing in nutrition is key to securing a country's future, as poor nutrition during childhood instigates developmental impairment. In India, the Anganwadi service disruption flared child malnutrition during COVID-19. This study explores how under-5 nutritional status was managed in COVID-19 by Anganwadi workers (AWWs) of the ICDS, Kerala. An in-depth interview was conducted among 30 AWWs. The integrative, cost-effective Anganwadi strategy for maintaining child nutritional status in a developing country during a pandemic is an impressive model. However, the lack of direct interactions of AWWs with beneficiaries leads to lowered intake and improper food timing in children as perceived by AWWs.

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Behanan, A., Krishnan, A., Sukumar, B. S., Shashirekha, H. K., Tare, H., Gadgil, N., & Kulkarni, A. (2023). Nutritional status of under-5 children during COVID-19: Insights from Anganwadi workers of Kerala, India. Multidisciplinary Reviews, 7(2), 2024027. https://doi.org/10.31893/multirev.2024027
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