- The ministry of women and child development has informed the Parliament that all states except West Bengal and Odisha are implementing the National Nutrition Mission(NNM), also called Poshan Abhiyaan.
- The minister also said that states such as Goa and Karnataka have not utilised any of the funds released so far under NNM.
- Further,the National Family Health Survey-4,2015-16 had reported the overall prevalence of stunting among children under 5 at 38.4%.It was down from 48% in NFHS -3 but still a serious concern.
- The state wise data on number of districts with the prevalence of stunting among children under 5 years higher than the national average was 267 districts across 22 states which includes four districts of West Bengal and 11 districts of Odisha.
- The National Nutrition Mission(NNM) aims at improving the nutritional status of Children from 0-6 years,Pregnant Women and Lactating Mothers.
- The mission aims to reduce the level of stunting,under-nutrition,anemia and low birth weight babies by reducing mal-nutrition/undernutrition, anemia among young children as also focus on adolescent girls, pregnant women and lactating mothers.
- Besides awareness building,outreach work and day to day real time monitoring of a child’s development through Anganwadi centres across states are also part of the mission.
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