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Indian Health Ministry and UNICEF Launches Program to Curb Anemia Among Adolescents

by Reshma Anand on  December 24, 2015 at 3:04 PM Indian Health News   - G J E 4
Health ministry has revamped the ongoing Weekly Iron and Folic Acid Supplementation (WIFS) Program after the rates of anemia increased drastically in India.
Indian Health Ministry and UNICEF Launches Program to Curb Anemia Among Adolescents
Indian Health Ministry and UNICEF Launches Program to Curb Anemia Among Adolescents
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The program has been initiated in 2012 but it has not received much awareness in the country. Therefore, health ministry has launched the awareness on anemia and malnutrition campaign with the UNICEF represented by board actor and UN Goodwill ambassador Priyanka Chopra.

‘Weekly Iron and Folic Acid Supplementation (WIFS) Program will provide supervised IFA tablets to young boys and girls for preventing anemia.’
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Health minister JP Nadda, called it as the world's largest public health program and stressed on stepping up efforts to make adolescent girls especially under their Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram scheme, that targets health and development in adolescents.

Anemia is caused by iron deficiency and it affects 56% of adolescent girls and 30 % of adolescent boys in India. Therefore, targeting this high-risk group, ministry will provide weekly supervised IFA tablets to in-school boys and girls. It will also provide biannual albendazole tablets for helminth control to out-of-school girls for prevention of anemia.

The program is being implemented across the country in both rural and urban areas, covering government, government aided schools, municipal schools and Anganwadi centers. It aims to cover a total of 11.2 crore beneficiaries including 8.4 crore in-school and 2.8 crore out-of-school beneficiaries.

Source: Medindia
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