Meet on Poshan Abhiyaan & Poshan Maah

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 8/27/2018 12:20:02 PM IST

As part of Jan Andolan, a state level meeting of departments for implementation of Poshan Abhiyaan and National Nutrition month (Rhastriya Poshan Maah) was held on August 27 at Secretariat Conference Hall, Kohima.

According to DIPR, secretary, Department of Social Welfare, Sarah R. Ritse in her key note address gave a briefing on the activities of Jan Andolan, which she said was a key influencer and an agent in empowering families to promote optimal physical and cognitive development of their children.

She added that Poshan Abhiyaan, which was launched on March 18 by the Prime Minister, was a flagship program to improve nutritional outcomes for children, pregnant women and lactating mothers, and it intends to give prominence to nutrition at the highest level in the country. 

She further stated that all 36 states/UTs and 718 districts will be covered in a phase manner by the year 2020.

Additional director, Social Welfare & State Nodal Officer, Poshan Abhiyaan, Tulula Pongen, in her brief overview on Poshan Maah, said that it was a program which aims to ensure service delivery and interventions by use of technology, behavioral change through convergence and it lays down specific targets to be achieved. 

She added that September would be observed as Nutrition Month with the aim of reaching every household with ‘har ghar poshan tyohar’ (every house a celebration of nutrition).

According to Pongen, the Abhiyaan targets reduction of stunting, under nutrition, anemia and low birth weight in children, and also increase focus on adolescents girls, pregnant women and lactating mothers, thus holistically addressing malnutrition and low birth weight by 2%, 3% and 2% per annum “respectively.” 

The target of the mission is to bring down stunting among children in the age group 0-6 years from 38.4% to 25% by 2022.

She also said that the month-long intensive campaign will promote antenatal care, breast feeding, fight anemia, convey messages about the importance of nutrition for girls and the right age of marriage, deliver messages about the importance of growth monitoring and also promote hygiene and sanitation.

CDPO (Master Trainer in ICDS-CAS) James Ezung presented the POSHAN Maah Dash board and discussed how to access and monitor the dashboard. He said that it was an online dashboard to showcase live and real performance of Jan Andolan Mission through online form and app data entry on a daily basis. The entry level activities so far are being conducted in 3 levels, headed by the district, state and block levels.

“Poshan pledge” was administered to all the participants by Sarah R. Ritse. The various line Departments of Planning; Health& Family Welfare, NHM; Rural Development, NRLM supporting the initiative gave detailed presentations on their action plan to make the state malnutrition free.


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