Panaji: The Rashtriya Poshan Abhiyaan or National Nutrition Mission, the government’s flagship programme, was started in 2018 to improve the nutritional outcomes for children, pregnant women and lactating mothers.
The theme for this year is to carry out grass-root level identification and tracking of children with Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) and plantation drive for promotion of kitchen garden.
As a part of this, Directorate of Women and Child Welfare (DWCD) Goa launched the month-long Poshan Maah (nutritional month) campaign against malnutrition which was inaugurated by the State’s Minister of Women and Child (WCD) Viswajit Rane in the presence of WCD director Deepali Naik, secretary S K Bhandari and Joint Director ICDS Sangeeta Porob earlier this month.
The DCWD has been undertaking a series of initiatives to observe this Poshan Maah including counseling sessions, carrying out a plantation drive etc. Sharing some of its initiatives on its twitter handle on Friday, DWCD wrote, “Anganwadi workers in their continued efforts to eliminate malnutrition in children, conducted a counseling session for parents during home visits to spread awareness on the importance of nutrition and improving the nutritional status of children.”
Earlier this week, Mukhya Sevikas conducted an online sessions for anganwadi workers on ‘Identifying SAM children and ways to improve their status’. Additionally, anganwadi workers carried out home visits to identify SAM children to guide them on the basics of Nutrition.
WCD director Deepali Naik along with Prof Varsha Naik addressed a session on ‘Identifying SAM children and ways to improve their status’ to emphasise on this year’s Severe Acute Malnutrition children this year’s Poshan Maah.
Anganwadi workers also conducted a cleanliness drive at various anganwadi centers and also demonstrated handwashing technique to beneficiaries.
Besides, in order promote healthy food and nutrition, a Rangoli competition based on Poshan theme was also held for beneficiaries and anganwadi workers across the state.