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Child Nutrition Initiative: India Introduces Innovative Protocols


In a groundbreaking move, the Indian government has launched a comprehensive national protocol aimed at identifying and providing extensive care to malnourished children across the country. Spearheaded by Union Minister for Women and Child Development, Smriti Irani, this pioneering initiative introduces innovative concepts such as appetite testing and the revolutionary “Buddy Mother” program.

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Dubbed the ‘Protocol for Management of Malnutrition in Children,‘ this initiative was unveiled in New Delhi. The protocol comprises a detailed 10-step guide designed for the Anganwadi centers, covering crucial aspects of identification and management of malnourished children. These guidelines encompass decision-making processes for referrals, nutritional management strategies, and follow-up care procedures.

One of the key features of this protocol is the incorporation of growth monitoring techniques and appetite testing, ensuring a holistic approach to tackling malnutrition. Moreover, it emphasizes the nutritional management of malnourished children, coupled with comprehensive follow-up care, especially for those children who successfully achieve the required growth parameters following intervention.

Child Nutrition Initiative: India Introduces Innovative Protocols

A noteworthy addition to this protocol is the innovative “Buddy Mother” concept, initially piloted in the state of Assam. This unique approach involves pairing mothers of healthy children with mothers of malnourished children at Anganwadi centers. Under this scheme, experienced mothers guide and support those grappling with the challenges of nourishing their children back to health. This peer-to-peer support system adds a layer of emotional and practical assistance, fostering a sense of community and shared responsibility.

During the launch, Minister Smriti Irani emphasized the significant impact these guidelines would have in curbing malnutrition among children. She underscored the government’s commitment to addressing this issue through the implementation of ‘Poshan Abhiyan’ (Nutrition Campaign). This initiative plays a pivotal role in Mission Poshan 2.0, with over 17 crore activities conducted during the dedicated ‘Poshan Maah’ (Nutrition Month).

Child Nutrition Initiative: India Introduces Innovative Protocols

What sets this standardized protocol apart is its approach to Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM). Traditionally, the treatment of SAM was confined to facility-based approaches. However, this new protocol marks a historic shift by extending the scope of intervention to the Anganwadi level. By integrating decision-making for referrals, nutritional management, and follow-up care into Anganwadi centers, this initiative ensures a holistic and community-based approach to combating child malnutrition.

India’s move towards these innovative strategies not only marks a significant leap in child nutrition but also sets a precedent for other nations grappling with similar challenges. As the country pioneers these groundbreaking protocols, it paves the way for a healthier future for its youngest citizens, offering hope and inspiration to the world.

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