GETTING THE BEST START IN LIFE

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Every year, almost two million Indian children die before their fifth birthday, most of them from preventable causes.

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UNICEF estimates that only about 46 per cent of infants in India are exclusively breastfed – a practice which builds immunity, protects against under-nutrition and gives babies the best start in life.

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But in Assam, a coordinated strategy led by the state government in partnership with UNICEF and local non-governmental organizations has considerably increased the rate of exclusive breastfeeding in infants younger than six months of age.

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