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Includes staple food fortification in multiple states as part of its comprehensive strategy to tackle anaemia
During the ongoing Poshan Maah 2022, for anaemia prevention and treatment in children, adolescent girls, pregnant and lactating mothers, various activities such as T3 camps (test, treat, talk), iron-folic acid supplement distribution, seminars, Ayush for anaemia, webinars, quiz and recipe competition, traditional food practices, awareness rallies are being conducted throughout the country.
As part of its comprehensive strategy to tackle anaemia, the government of India has included staple food fortification from Central Ministries for schemes/programmes in multiple states.
As a part of Social and Behaviour Change Communication (SBCC) strategy under Jan Andolan, around 6,278 anaemia camps, 1,853 outreach activities in urban slums, 855 quiz competitions for students, and 1,63,436 activities were carried out on anaemia during Poshan Pakhwada, 2022 in March.
POSHAN Abhiyaan is a programmatic approach in addressing the life cycle issues of malnutrition. Reduction of anaemia is one of the important objectives of the POSHAN Abhiyaan in convergence with key Ministries/ Departments, mainly Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoH&FW). A range of efforts are underway to improve the integration of nutrition interventions into the existing health platforms through various strategic measures.
Many States/UTs have developed indigenous best practices like use of iron utensils for cooking to reduce iron deficiency, integrating ayurveda products and formulations with supplementary nutrition etc.
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