Visualizing Village Level Child Undernutrition in India

We map the burden of childhood undernutrition across all of the nearly 600,000 villages in rural India to enable prioritization regarding interventions in a geographically precise way. We used data from the 2016 Indian Demographic and Health Survey and the 2011 Indian Census for village-level demographic and amenities features to predict child stunting, underweight, and wasting for all villages in India. There are substantial variations in undernutrition across villages. For instance, the average predicted rate of stunting across all villages was 37.9%. In 691 villages, however, the average predicted rate of stunting was under 5%, while it exceeded 70% in 453 villages. One can also observe, villages with high burdens of undernutrition are juxtaposed with a low burden of undernutrition. In the interactive dashboard below, users can further explore the granular geographic variation and the ranking of villages across India.

Map Visualization

Note: Users can activate the legend by clicking on the top right hand corner of the maps as shown in the image to the right. In addition, users can hover over a village point to show the prevalence (%) and its rank relative to other villages in the country.

PDF Report

Using the interactive dashboard below, users can select a district and see all the villages within that district for the 3 indicators. Hovering over a village in the map will display the village name and the prevalence (%) value. To download a PDF report of the current view, click on the PDF download icon and select "Unspecified" as the page size. Please see the image to your right for more details.

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Using the ranking above, users can sort the table by any column (ascending or descending) by clicking on the header and can filter to a certain state and/or district by using the filter.

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Village Paper