The Ministry of Women and Child Development conducted first National workshop on POSHAN Abhiyaan involving all the States and Union Territories at Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra, New Delhi. POSHAN Abhiyaan was launched on 8th March 2018 by the Prime Minister in Jhunjhunu.
POSHAN stands for "PM’s Overarching Scheme for Holistic Nourishment."
Targets under the Abhiyaan:
The Abhiyaan targets to reduce stunting, under-nutrition, anemia (among young children, women and adolescent girls) and reduce low birth weight by 2%, 2%, 3% and 2% per annum respectively.
The target of the mission is to bring down stunting among children in the age group 0-6 years from 38.4% to 25% by 2022.
Ministry : Ministry of Women and Child Development
Under the Abhiyaan, Swasth Bharat Preraks will be deployed one in each district for coordinating with district officials and enabling fast and efficient execution of the Abhiyaan across the country. Swasth Bharat Preraks would function as catalyst for fast tracking the implementation of the Abhiyaan.
Pillars of the Mission:
ICDS-CAS(Common Application Software)
Convergence between ministries
Behavioural change, IEC Advocacy
Training and Capacity building
Key nutrition strategies and interventions:
IYCF(Infant and Young child feeding)
Food and Nutrition
WASH(Water,Sanitation and Hygiene)
Maternal Health and Nutrition
ECD(Early childhood development)/ECCE(Early Childhood care and Education)
ICT-RTM(Information and Communication. Technology enabled Real Time Monitoring)
Convergence between the ministries will be crucial for the mission success.