Monitoring of nutrition to go high-tech in Rajasthan

• Monitoring of nutrition and health-related services in the Anganwadi centres will go hi-tech in Rajasthan during September, which will be observed as a ‘nutrition month’.

• With the mobile applications replacing the manual observation methods, smartphones will be supplied to all Angadwadi centres in the state to ensure the success of nutrition programmes.

• CM Vasundhara Raje had announced that September would be celebrated as a ‘nutrition month’ to spread awareness about health and nutritional aspects of food in both urban and rural areas. The free milk distribution in schools for the students of Classes I to VIII along with the midday meals was also extended from three days to all days in the week.

Orientation Workshop

• At an orientation workshop for the Integrated Child Development Services officials made several presentations on the activities to be taken up next month for strengthening primary health care of children and improving their nutritional standards.

• The activities to be conducted at the district and block headquarter and in Anganwadi centres during September will connect nutrition with the development of human capital, earlier considered a burden. World Bank representative Arvind Singhal and UNICEF representative Nizamuddin Ahmed suggested for removal of systemic barriers.

• Rajasthan plans to implement NNM with a vision document for 2022, which is at present being formulated to ensure convergence of work by all stakeholders for improving nutrition levels of women and children and reducing under-nutrition and low birth weight by 2% each year.

• The NNM, approved by the Union Cabinet, will be implemented in 24 of the 33 districts of the State.

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