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POSHAN Abhiyaan, also known as National Nutrition Mission, was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 8th March 2018 in Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan.
POSHAN Abhiyaan initiative majorly aims to scale-up the interventions supported by the World Bank assisted Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Systems Strengthening and Nutrition Improvement Project (ISSNIP) to all districts in the country over a 3-year period.
POSHAN Abhiyaan main objective is to reduce stunting, under-nutrition, anemia among young children, women and adolescent girls and reduce low birth weight by at least 2 percent per annum.
POSHAN Abhiyaan strengthens the frontline functionaries such as the Anganwadi Workers and Lady Supervisors by providing them with Smartphones.
Convergence and use of Technology are the two hallmarks of POSHAN Abhiyaan. More than 10 crore people are expected to be benefitted by the programme. It also focuses on adolescent girls, pregnant women & lactating mothers.
POSHAN Abhiyaan will cover all the states and districts in a phased manner. While 315 districts will be covered in 2017-18 and 235 districts will be covered in 2018-19, the remaining districts will be covered in 2019-20.
Rajesh Kumar, Joint Secretary in the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development, is the Mission Director for POSHAN Abhiyaan.
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