Nutrition Surveillance on the Anvil

by Rajshri on  May 12, 2010 at 10:08 PM Women Health News
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 Nutrition Surveillance on the Anvil
n a much-needed move, the Union Women and Child Development Ministry has announced that it will map high-risk and vulnerable districts to step up nutrition surveillance in the country.
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Furthermore, the ministry also plans to use the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) and the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) to set up a Centre-level working group for surveillance in health and nutrition. The plns have come into being following recommendations in a paper prepared by the Women and Child Development and Health and Family Welfare Ministries, which said that malnutrition affects all age groups and not just children.

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Care of pregnant mothers is also on the agenda as the Ministry is to set up a joint training initiative with the Health and Family Welfare Ministry under the NRHM and the ICDS.

The "Strategy to Address India's Nutrition Challenges," as defined in the 11th Five-Year Plan says that there is an acute need to reduce malnutrition among children in the age group 0-3 years.


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