58% acutely malnourished children under POSHAN Baran cured

POSHAN Baran, a program to combat malnutrition in Rajasthan, implemented jointly by Fight Hunger Foundation / Action Against Hunger, National Health Mission (NHM) and Integrated Child Development Service, Department of Women & Child Development (ICDS) resulted in recovery of 58% acutely malnourished children enrolled for treatment.

Proactive and Optimum care of children, through Social- Household Approach for Nutrition or POSHAN was implemented in 63 villages of Shahabad & Kishanganj blocks in Baran districts of Rajasthan in from July-2017 to march-2018. Key figures from the successful program were presented at the POSHAN Baran dissemination workshop at Jaipur on 11th April 2018

Under POSHAN 6,304 children, aged between 6 months to 59 months were screened for signs of acute malnutrition and 341 children were identified as suffering from Severely Acute Malnutrition (SAM). These children were treated through a community based model of malnutrition treatment in which the children were given free nutrition supplements called “Poshan Amrit”. Apart from this, 402 were identified as MAM (Moderately Acute Malnutrition) and were referred to Aanganwadi centers for their treatment. The children discharged from the programme were closely monitored and tracked 4 months to ensure that they remain healthy and do not succumb to malnutrition again.

The workshop was chaired by the Honourable Secretary Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Mission Director - National Health Mission Shri Naveen Jain, Principal Secretary, Women & Child Development Smt. Roli Singh and Director AAH/FHF Dr. Wasundhara Joshi along with various state and national level development partners.

POSHAN- Baran programme’s success highlighted the fact that synchronization between different key Government departments and development partners is an effective way to treat malnourished children at community level.

Shri Naveen Jain mentioned that instead of drug, doctor and dispensary, malnutrition can also be treated through frontline workers, including Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs), Anganwadi Workers (AWW) and Auxiliary Nurse Midwives (ANMs). Smt. Roli Singh opined that the POSHAN Baran programme can be used as an example of block or district level convergence action plan when implementing the National Nutrition Mission in the state.

Smt. Roli Singh Principal Secretary, Women & Child Development.
Ms. Meeta Mathur, Head of Nutrition - Fight Hunger Foundation / Action Against Hunger..
Shri Naveen Jain, Secretary Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Mission Director - National Health Mission

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