surveys (8) showed that the proportion of pregnant women who receive IFA tablets is not high even among well-performing States like Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Maharashtra.
In an attempt to evaluate the impact of food matrix, in vitro non-haem iron solubility from typical Indian composite diets of Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat (based on NNMB
diet survey, 2001) (21) was carried out.
Time trends in the prevalence of undernutrition among preschool children: The NNMB (1990-1991 to 2000-2006) and NFHS (1993-1994 to 2005-2006) surveys revealed that though there is a declining trend, but still the problem of undernutrition is alarming in India (Table VIII) (9-15).
The NNMB data also support this as the calorie intake is gradually declining.
National Nutrition Monitoring Bureau (NNMB 1975-1979), Diet and nutritional status communities, NNMB Technical Report # 6, Hyderabad: National Institute of Nutrition; 1980.
Time trends in nutritional status of preschool children from surveys carried out by the NNMB and NFHS are shown in Figs 17 and 18.
Time trends in national per capita income (Central Statistical Organization, CSO) and energy intake from NNMB surveys are indicated in Fig.
Data on inter-State differences in energy intake and prevalence of undernutrition in adults from NNMB and INP surveys carried out in the mid nineties (Fig.