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Poshan Abhiyaan

Background

In Bokaro district, 61% of the children under the age of five years are underweight, while 45% of them are stunted. In addition, more than 10% of all new born babies are underweight, while only 6% of breast-feeding children receive an adequate diet.

Implementation

The district administration has developed and launched an application POSHAN that provides a multi-stakeholder and multi-layered approach to integrate the process of monitoring children’s growth from grass root levels to the district office. The application is used for real-time monitoring of child growth in the Malnutrition Treatment Centres (MTCs), occupation status of beds in MTCs, and performance of lady supervisors.

Impact

Since the launch of POSHAN, 585 children with severe acute malnutrition (SAM) admitted in MTCs have been monitored using geo-tagging. Screening areas with high SAM cases has improved follow-up post-discharge of the children. Recorded data was analysed to capture symptoms of malnutrition as soon as they appear. Regular health check-ups are done to prevent complications of SAM. 

Source : Aspirational Districts for WEB



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