Public nutrition has been given a lot of attention in the recent past, both globally and nationally. However, the results have been unsatisfactory. For India, which is facing the problem of obesity and related lifestyle diseases on one hand and macro and micronutrient deficiencies, on the other hand, it becomes the topmost priority in terms of national health.
Rashtrya POSHAN Maah Abhiyaan was launched to affirm the government’s commitment towards eradicating all forms of malnutrition. It targets to reduce the level of under-nutrition and other related problems by ensuring the convergence of various nutrition-related schemes.
There are a number of schemes directly/indirectly affecting the nutritional status of children (0-6 year’s age) and pregnant women and lactating mothers. In spite of this, the level of malnutrition and related problems in the country is high. There is no dearth of schemes but a lack of creating synergy and linking the schemes with each other to achieve a common goal. POSHAN Abhiyaan through robust convergence mechanism and other components would strive to create the synergy.
Last year, the National Nutrition Week (1-7 September) was extended to cover the entire month of September being dedicated to celebrating the Rashtriya Poshan Maah (RPM) or National Nutrition Month by the Ministry of Women and Child Development. This year again the Poshan Maah tries to refresh the focus on nutrition with the tagline of ‘har Ghar, poshan tyohar’. The initiative is about spreading messages related to maternal, infant and young childcare and feeding practices along with other related interventions such as growth monitoring, anemia management, hygiene, and sanitation, etc.
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