India celebrates National Nutrition Month in September-2018, to mark the fight against malnutrition.
During this National Nutrition Month, the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development organises many programmes to spread broad awareness on issues related to malnutrition like stunting, under-nutrition, anemia and low birth weight in children.
The National Nutrition Month (NNM) will focus on adolescent girls, pregnant women, and lactating mothers to eliminate the deficiencies prevailing in the Health sector.
The month of September will be celebrated as National Nutrition Month every year. The decision to this effect was taken during the second meeting of National Council on India's Nutrition Challenges under the Poshan Abhiyaan held in July 2018.
The WCD ministry is expecting to reach about 11 crore women and children during this month through various grass-root activities with the convergence of different ministries.
The National Nutrition Mission was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 8th March 2018, in Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan to bring down stunting of children in the age group of 0-6 years from 38 percent to 25 percent by 2022.
The National Nutrition Mission has been set up with a three year budget of Rs 9046.17 crore commencing from 2017-18.
The National Nutrition Mission aims to achieve improvement in the nutritional status of children, adolescent girls, pregnant women and lactating mothers.
It would cover all the states and districts in a phased manner. While 315 districts will be covered in 2017-18 and 235 districts in 2018-19, the remaining districts will be covered in 2019-20.