Mother and Child Health – Immunization Program, BPBB, PMJSY, PMMSY, etc.

Project Sampoorna: A successful measure against malnutrition


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level: Project Sampoorna

Mains level: Innovative measures against malnutrition

Project Sampoorna’s success in reducing child malnutrition is a model that can be easily implemented anywhere.

What is Project Sampoorna?

  • Project Sampoorna has been implemented in the Bongaigaon district of Assam.
  • It aims to target Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) and Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM).
  • It was launched to target the mothers of SAM/ MAM children with the tagline being ‘Empowered Mothers, Healthy Children’.
  • It was based on the success of the community-based COVID-19 management model (Project Mili Juli).

Key features of the project

  • Under this project, the mother of a healthy child of an Anganwadi Centre was paired with the target mother and they would be Buddy Mothers.
  • They were usually neighbours and shared similar socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • They were given diet charts to indicate the daily food intake of their children and would have discussions on all Tuesdays at the Anganwadi centres.
  • 100 millilitres of milk and an egg on alternate days for the children for the first 3 months were provided so that their mothers could stabilise themselves in the newly found jobs.
  • Children who had not improved were checked and treated by doctors under the Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK).

Success of the project

  • This project has prevented at least 1,200 children from becoming malnourished over the last year.
  • National Nutrition Mission and the State government recognised this project in the ‘Innovation Category’.
  • The mothers were enrolled in Self Help Groups (SHGs) under the National Rural Livelihoods Mission (NRLM) and were thus working.


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2 years ago

This project is implemented by which ministry??


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