Opinion | Fixing POSHAN Abhiyaan’s basics4 min read 12 Nov 2018, 09:36 PM IST
Tackling India’s widespread problem of child malnutrition, stunted growth and anaemia will take a great deal of work
The National Nutrition Mission, launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 8 March—now christened POSHAN (Modi’s overarching scheme for holistic nourishment) Abhiyaan—aims to drastically reduce the prevailing high incidence of malnutrition, stunted growth and anaemia. The intention is to do this through convergence, mass movements and leveraging technology. Anganwadi workers (AWWs) are required to feed in details of the beneficiaries and monitor their growth in real time during pregnancy, as well as height and weight of the child once born, in the mobile phones given to them and follow up with SMS alerts to those who are at risk. However, certain fundamental issues need fixing for the programme to be successfully implemented.
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