ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Poshan Abhiyaan’s New Monthly Height Measurements

Misconceived Measures for Malnutrition

The recent Government of India recommendation for monthly length/height measurements by anganwadi workers promises to be a disaster in its current form and might lead to a severe derailing of the existing system of data collection and management, leading to further chaos and misreporting on malnutrition.

The recent National Family Health Survey (NFHS-5) data from 22 states and union territories (UTs) of India has raised major concerns with the progress on the reduction of malnutrition in the country and has received ­extensive attention in the press and ­media. This has also served, once again, to highlight the important role that the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) programme plays in the health, nutrition, and well-being of women, children, and adolescents. The program­me is widely held as an intervention that appears to be well-functioning and worthy of further investment, but at the same time it is a system that requires far greater coverage, quality, and impact to achieve acceleration in achieved outcomes (Drèze 2020).

ICDS, Malnutrition and Data

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Updated On : 6th Apr, 2021
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