The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has announced that September 2019 will be celebrated as National Nutrition Month, its aim is to end the problem of malnutrition in the country.
It was announced by Prime Minister Modi during the “Mann Ki Baat” program.
This campaign will be run throughout the month, the purpose of this campaign is to convey the message of ‘Har Ghar Nurturing Festival’.
National Nutrition Month In India 2019
Its aim is to spread awareness about antenatal care, breastfeeding and anemia, and nutritional value for girls, hygiene and the right age of marriage.
It is jointly organized by NITI Aayog, Ministry of Women and Child Development, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
And Ministry of Rural Development, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.
And also Ministry of Minority Affairs, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Consumer affairs will be done by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs and Ministry of AYUSH.
Reason And Framework
The problem of malnutrition is very serious in India. According to the National Family Health Survey-4, 38% of India’s children are underweight, 21% are underweight compared to their height while 35.7% are underweight.
Children’s physical development has decreased in 2015-16 as compared to 2005-06, 19.8% of children in 2005-06 had less weight according to their height, while in 2015-16 the figure increased to 21%.
In 2017, India ranked 100th among 119 countries in the World Hunger Index.
On average, one in 5 children in India is wasted (weight loss by height). The government has allocated Rs 9000 crore for the nutrition campaign, it was launched in March 2018.
The objective of this campaign is to remove obstacles in the path of physical development of children, women and adolescent girls.
The objective of this campaign is to bring down the rate of stunting in children (height reduced due to malnutrition) to 25% from 38.4% by 2022.