1st Edition

Public Health Nutrition in Developing Countries Volume II

Edited By Sheila Chander Vir Copyright 2025
    886 Pages
    by Routledge

    The last decade has witnessed continuous development in the field of public health nutrition, especially in terms of a shift from ‘what’ to “how”.

    This book explores the intersection of nutrition and public health to analyze the impact of dietary choices on communities and individuals. It includes chapters detailing important concepts such as food-agriculture, food systems, dietary diversity, food fortification, water-sanitation, and conditional and non-conditional cash, which are essential in keeping the readers updated with the recent information and critical for developing an understanding of public health. The subject matter of this book includes:

    • Universal Salt Iodization (USI) and Double Fortified Salt
    • Iron deficiency and iron deficiency anaemia in young children
    • Leveraging agriculture for nutrition
    • Nutrition-sensitive food systems
    • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)

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    20. Malnutrition and non-communicable diseases (NCDs)

    Shweta Khandelwal

    21 Metabolism of iron, folic acid and vitamin B12

    K. Madhavan Nair

    22. Nutritional anaemia during critical life periods: Pregnancy, early childhood and adolescence

    Subadra Seshadri and Jai Ghanekar

    23. Iron deficiency and iron deficiency anaemia in young children

    Sheila C. Vir, Kapil Yadav and Gomathi Ramaswamy

    24. Iron deficiency and iron deficiency anaemia in adolescent girls

    Sheila C. Vir, Kapil Yadav, Gomathi Ramaswamy

    25. Vitamin A deficiency: Prevention and control

    Sheila C. Vir

    26. National iodine deficiency disorders control programme, India

    Sheila C. Vir, Kapil Yadav, Kashish Vohra

    27. Universal Salt Iodization (USI) and Double Fortified Salt: Iron and Iodine (DFS)

    M. G. Venkatesh Mannar and Meena H. Jadhav

    28. Iodine Deficiency Disorders (IDD) Control Program: Sustaining Progress Imperative

    Chandrakant S. Pandav, Kapil Yadav, Srishti Arora

    29. Food fortification to address micronutrient deficiencies 

    M. G. Venkatesh Mannar and Meena H. Jadhav

    30. Fortification of Wheat Flour (FWF) with iron, folic Acid and B12

    Sheila C. Vir

    31. Leveraging agriculture for nutrition

    Bhavani R V and Priya Rampal

    32. Nutrition-sensitive food systems: Experience and current scenario in developing countries

    Lalita Bhattacharjee, Richemont Seki and Kraisid Tontisirin

    33. Dietary diversity: Significance, determinants, interventions and diversity measures

    Shavika Gupta and Sheila C. Vir

    34. Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH): A nutrition-sensitive intervention

    Sheila C. Vir and Reema Chugh

    35. Cash Transfer (CT) programmes and maternal, infant and young child nutrition: Experiences of low and middle-income countries

    Sheila C. Vir and Reema Chugh

    36. Developing social and behaviour change programs for improving maternal, infant and young child nutrition (MIYCN) at scale

    Ruchin Sharma, Sebanti Ghosh and Tina Sanghvi

    37. Planning and implementation of public health nutrition programs: Principles and practice

    Jyoti Sharma

    38. Monitoring and evaluation: Public health nutrition programmes

    Sheila C. Vir and Reema Chugh

    39. Research methods in public health and nutrition

    Padam Singh and Arun. K. Nigam



    Sheila Chander Vir is senior Public Health Nutrition consultant and the Founder Director of Public Health Nutrition and Development Centre, New Delhi, India. She completed MSc (Foods and Nutrition) from Lady Irwin College, University of Delhi, India and PhD from the Institute of Clinical Sciences, Queen’s University of Belfast, United Kingdom. She was also Programme Officer (Nutrition) with UNICEF (India) where she provided strategic and technical leadership for policy formulation and implementation of nutrition programmes in India and the state of Uttar Pradesh.