September month to be celebrated as ‘Rashtriya Poshan Maah’

  1. Government has announced that the entire month of September 2019 will be celebrated as the Rashtriya Poshan Maah.
  2. Poshan Maah(nutrition month) is an initiative of the Ministry of Women and Child Development and NITI Aayog to give a push to Poshan Abhiyan.
  3. The initiative aims to ensure a healthier future for women and children.The theme of this initiative is Complementary Feeding.
  4. During Poshan Maah,activities like Prabhat Pheri, Poshan Melas, Nukkad Nataks, School Based Events will be held to take the message of the importance of nutrition to every household
  5. POSHAN(National Nutrition mission) stands for Prime Minister’s Overarching Scheme for Holistic Nutrition.It was launched in 2018 and is implemented by the Ministry of Women and Child development.
  6. The mission aims to ensure holistic development and adequate nutrition for pregnant women, mothers and children.
  7. The initiative has the target to reduce the level of stunting, undernutrition and low birth weight by 2% each and anaemia by 3%.It also aims to reduce stunting from 38.4% (NFHS-4) to 25% by 2022.
  8. A key idea of the initiative is to incentivise Anganwadi Workers(AWs) for using ICT-based tools,making it easier to implement and monitor the programme.