What is POSHAN Abhiyaan? Executive Committee Under POSHAN Abhiyaan (Important) (Download PDF)

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The Executive Committee, which is the Apex body for all Nutrition related activities under the POSHAN Abhiyaan, has taken decisions for improving health conditions across the country.

Image of Executive Committee under POSHAN Abhiyaan

Image of Executive Committee under POSHAN Abhiyaan

Image of Executive Committee under POSHAN Abhiyaan

The decisions taken by the committee are:

  • India Nutrition Report to be released every year by the Government after a detailed survey.

  • On the occasion of Ambedkar Jayanti (14th April) this year, Gram Panchayats across the country to hold meetings to discuss on the Nutritional aspects and their implementation along with Health and Sanitation issues. All the Gram Panchayats to be advised to weigh the children and display the weights in the Anganwadi centres

  • Instead of blindly adopting the Nutritional practices of other countries, best practices of states across the country which are successful in reducing Stunting, Anaemia and Malnutrition are to be studied and successful models to be adopted at National level.

  • For special focus on the deprived sections of the Society, District Collectors to hold a detailed survey of the people who are outside the Anganwadi System.

Activities Taken by States/UTs as Part of POSHAN Abhiyaan

  • Implementation of Convergence Action Plan at State/UT Level.

  • Procurement of Smartphones, Tablets and Growth Monitoring Devices by States/UTs.

  • Roll-Out of ICDS-CAS (Common Application Software).

  • Implementation of ILA (Incremental Learning Approach) and CBE (Community based events).

POSHAN Abhiyan

POSHAN Abhiyaan was launched by the Prime Minister in Jhunjhunu on 8th March 2018. POSHAN Abhiyan also The National Nutrition Mission (NNM) has been set up with a three-year budget of Rs. 9046.17 crore commencing from 2017 - 18. The scheme would be under Women and Child Development Ministry.

  • POSHAN stands for PM’s Overarching Scheme for Holistic Nourishment

  • The NNM is a comprehensive approach towards raising nutrition level in the country on a war footing.

  • It would comprise mapping of various Schemes contributing towards addressing malnutrition, including

    • A very robust convergence mechanism,

    • ICT based Real Time Monitoring system,

    • Incentivizing States/UTs for meeting the targets

    • Incentivizing Anganwadi Workers (AWWs) for using IT based tools

    • Eliminating registers used by AWWs,

    • Introducing measurement of height of children at the Anganwadi Centres (AWCs),

    • Social Audits,

    • Setting-up Nutrition Resource Centres,

    • Involving masses through Jan Andolan for their participation on nutrition through various activities, among others

Targets of NHM

  • NNM targets to reduce stunting, under-nutrition, anemia (among young children, women and adolescent girls) and reduce low birth weight
  • In 2017 - 18, 315 districts to be covered followed by 235 more districts in 2018 - 19 – and the target is to cover all remaining districts by 2019 - 20

Nutrition Strategy and Interventions Were Enumerated in POSHAN

  1. Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF)

  2. Food and Nutrition

  3. Immunization

  4. Institutional Delivery

  5. WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene)

  6. DE-worming

  7. ORS-Zinc

  8. Food Fortification

  9. Dietary Diversification

  10. Adolescent Nutrition

  11. Maternal Health and Nutrition

  12. ECD (Early Childhood devlopemt) /ECC (Early child hood care and Education)

  13. Convergence

  14. ICT-RTM (information and Communication Technology enabled Real Time Monitoring

India Health Report: Nutrition

  • The India Health Report: Nutrition surveys the trends in maternal and child under-nutrition in India.

  • It looks at trends and disparities in these outcomes across geographical regions, socio-economic classes, and demographic groups.

  • Suggests ways of tackling under-nutrition and enabling improvements in the determinants of poor nutrition requires actions from multiple actors and sectors, and at multiple levels.

  • In order to develop a contextually relevant, high impact and pragmatic strategy to tackle under-nutrition, decision-makers need to be able to understand the extent of the problem and its determinants, and identify the most important areas for intervention.

- Published/Last Modified on: June 26, 2018

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