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Consultation Bal Poshan Abhiyaan in Lucknow
Tackling Malnutrition in Uttar Pradesh: The Time is Now
Day long consultation focused on necessary actions from Government and Planning Commission to address the current malnutrition crisis in UP
Lucknow, 30th November: Status of malnutrition in 10 different districts of the state was revealed at a consultation held in the city on Saturday. The objective of this consultation was to understand the working of state programs under Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) like Village Sanitation and Nutrition Committee, Mother’ Groups. Representatives from Planning Commission, National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) and Aanganwadi members formed the panel for this consultation.
The consultation was also focused to take stock of agencies responsible for providing nutritional benefits to children in the state. The current status of ICDS centres, Primary Health Care Program, Health Guarantee Scheme and other schemes was also discussed.
The compiled report studies data of 112 malnourished children and their families and 44 malnourished children from Mushahar, Baiga, Gond and other backward Muslim caste from 66 village panchayats in 22 blocks of 10 districts of the state.
According to Government order no. 2091/50 on 19th June, 2006, representatives from Mother’s groups will contribute in services like vaccination, health check-ups, pre- school programs and other schemes running in Aanganwadi centers but the on ground situation is very different, only 11 percent committees are involved in all the schemes as mentioned in the order and rest contribute in only one or two schemes.
Another chapter in the report studies the facilities given to pregnant/lactating mothers to curb malnutrition but out of 228 Aanganwadi centers only 48 percent centers give daily nutritional meals and only 28 percent children are given full vaccination. Only 3 percent centers have the facilities for regular health check- ups.

Under the ICDS scheme, morning snacks, hot cooked meals and take home ration should be provided to pregnant and lactating mothers. Consultation on nutrition and care to mothers and children below 3 years was to be provided but survey reveals that the work has started in only 3 blocks of 5 districts of the state.
Out of 117 Village Sanitation and Nutrition Committees, only 79 percent committees have received grants from the state and 66 percent out of these have utilised the money. 84 percent committees are not equipped to perform their duties because of lack of training.

According to Soha Moitra, Regional Director, North, CRY- Child Rights and You, “Despite our robust economic growth, we will not achieve our full potential until we prioritize the health and nourishment of our people, beginning with the most vulnerable. We cannot hope to adequately tackle the curse of malnutrition if we aren't willing to invest the resources to understand it, and to track the success of efforts aimed to improve it. The devastating combination of poverty, poor status of girls and women, food insecurity, especially in vital nutrient-rich foods, poor health services, and abysmal sanitary conditions simply cannot sustain healthy child growth. There should be concentrated efforts to tackle the problem at the root to curb this ever growing menace”.

“After analysing demographic, socio- economic and government efforts in Uttar Pradesh, it is clear that there are many factors that affect children and mothers of the state. Many child health programs are running with Aanganwadis but there is clear lack of will and intent from state government also. Malnutrition deserves far greater attention and investment than it currently receives,” says Shruti Nagvanshi, Convener, Voice of People.

The consultation saw attendance from key stakeholders. Dr. Sayeeda Hameed- Member, Planning Commission, Dr. Rajesh Jha from National Rural Health Mission, Mr. Ramesh Prakash Rao from Aanganwadi Sangh, Dr. B S Arora, Director General- Family welfare, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh and representatives from CRY- Child Rights and You and its state alliance- Voice of People.
For more details, please contact

Manish Pant, CRY- Child Rights and You, 09871505306, manish.pant@crymail.org

CRY – Child Rights and You (formerly known as Child Relief and You) is an Indian NGO that believes in every child’s right to a childhood – to live, to learn, grow and play. For over 30 years, CRY and its partners have worked with parents and communities to ensure Lasting Change in the lives of more than 20 Lakh underprivileged children. For more information please visit us at www.cry.org
Day long consultation focused on necessary actions from Government and Planning Commission to address the current malnutrition crisis in UP
Lucknow, 30th November: Status of malnutrition in 10 different districts of the state was revealed at a consultation held in the city on Saturday. The objective of this consultation was to understand the working of state programs under Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) like Village Sanitation and Nutrition Committee, Mother’ Groups. Representatives from Planning Commission, National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) and Aanganwadi members formed the panel for this consultation.
The consultation was also focused to take stock of agencies responsible for providing nutritional benefits to children in the state. The current status of ICDS centres, Primary Health Care Program, Health Guarantee Scheme and other schemes was also discussed.
The compiled report studies data of 112 malnourished children and their families and 44 malnourished children from Mushahar, Baiga, Gond and other backward Muslim caste from 66 village panchayats in 22 blocks of 10 districts of the state.
According to Government order no. 2091/50 on 19th June, 2006, representatives from Mother’s groups will contribute in services like vaccination, health check-ups, pre- school programs and other schemes running in Aanganwadi centers but the on ground situation is very different, only 11 percent committees are involved in all the schemes as mentioned in the order and rest contribute in only one or two schemes.
Another chapter in the report studies the facilities given to pregnant/lactating mothers to curb malnutrition but out of 228 Aanganwadi centers only 48 percent centers give daily nutritional meals and only 28 percent children are given full vaccination. Only 3 percent centers have the facilities for regular health check- ups.

Under the ICDS scheme, morning snacks, hot cooked meals and take home ration should be provided to pregnant and lactating mothers. Consultation on nutrition and care to mothers and children below 3 years was to be provided but survey reveals that the work has started in only 3 blocks of 5 districts of the state.
Out of 117 Village Sanitation and Nutrition Committees, only 79 percent committees have received grants from the state and 66 percent out of these have utilised the money. 84 percent committees are not equipped to perform their duties because of lack of training.

According to Soha Moitra, Regional Director, North, CRY- Child Rights and You, “Despite our robust economic growth, we will not achieve our full potential until we prioritize the health and nourishment of our people, beginning with the most vulnerable. We cannot hope to adequately tackle the curse of malnutrition if we aren't willing to invest the resources to understand it, and to track the success of efforts aimed to improve it. The devastating combination of poverty, poor status of girls and women, food insecurity, especially in vital nutrient-rich foods, poor health services, and abysmal sanitary conditions simply cannot sustain healthy child growth. There should be concentrated efforts to tackle the problem at the root to curb this ever growing menace”.

“After analysing demographic, socio- economic and government efforts in Uttar Pradesh, it is clear that there are many factors that affect children and mothers of the state. Many child health programs are running with Aanganwadis but there is clear lack of will and intent from state government also. Malnutrition deserves far greater attention and investment than it currently receives,” says Shruti Nagvanshi, Convener, Voice of People.

The consultation saw attendance from key stakeholders. Dr. Sayeeda Hameed- Member, Planning Commission, Dr. Rajesh Jha from National Rural Health Mission, Mr. Ramesh Prakash Rao from Aanganwadi Sangh, Dr. B S Arora, Director General- Family welfare, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh and representatives from CRY- Child Rights and You and its state alliance- Voice of People.
For more details, please contact

Manish Pant, CRY- Child Rights and You, 09871505306, manish.pant@crymail.org

CRY – Child Rights and You (formerly known as Child Relief and You) is an Indian NGO that believes in every child’s right to a childhood – to live, to learn, grow and play. For over 30 years, CRY and its partners have worked with parents and communities to ensure Lasting Change in the lives of more than 20 Lakh underprivileged children. For more information please visit us at www.cry.org
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