Health Sector – UHC, National Health Policy, Family Planning, Health Insurance, etc.

[pib] Rashtriya Poshan Maah celebrations get under way across IndiaPIBPrelims Only


Mains Paper 2: Indian Society| Issues relating to poverty and hunger.

The following things are important from UPSC perspective:

Prelims: Poshan Maah

Mains level: Mission Mode implementation of Poshan Abhiyaan.


Poshan Maah

  1. The Government is celebrating the month of September, 2018 as the National Nutrition Month under the Poshan Abhiyan.
  2. The key feature of this programme is mobilization of communities across the country and gets their participation in addressing various aspects of the nutritional challenges.
  3. The primary aim is to enable awareness on the importance of nutrition and how individual families can easily access government services to supplement nutrition for their children and pregnant/lactating mothers.
  4. National Nutrition Month has eight key themes-
  • Antenatal Care,
  • Optimal Breastfeeding,
  • Complementary Feeding,
  • Anemia,
  • Growth Monitoring,
  • Education;
  • Diet and right age of marriage for girls,
  • Hygiene and Sanitation and Food fortification.

Jan Andolan under the Project

  1. POSHAN Abhiyaan seeks to synergise efforts of key stakeholders by leveraging technology and intends to take Nutrition Awareness to the level of Jan Andolan or People’s Movement.
  2. This People’s Movement intends to reach 11 crore beneficiaries during the Rashtriya Poshan Maah itself.
  3. Since the launch, Government has organised many Awareness Workshops with an aim to reduce stunting, under-nutrition, anemia and low birth weight.
  4. Stakeholders across India will be encouraged to undertake activities ranging from State Level Workshops to Nomination of Brand Ambassadors to Multi-Media Campaigns.

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