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.
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.
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.