Madhya Pradesh is the first state of the country, where the Community based Nutrition Management (C-SAM) has been launched in the form of a campaign for the severe malnourished children. The campaign will be implemented in two phases. Under the first phase, the work in 97 thousand 135 aaganwadis of the state for identifying serious malnourished children is underway till February 20. The Minister for Women and Child Development Smt. Imarti Devi, informing about the Departmental Action Plan-2020, said that the centre based 5-day health checkup camps will be organized and medicines will be given under the second phase. Under this phase, besides monitoring of nutrition till 12 weeks, observation, consultation and village health, sanitation as well as monthly health checkup on nutrition days and checking of nutrition will be held.
Minister Smt. Imart Devi informed that 10 to 15 percent children with acute malnutrition need treatment because of medical complications. The better nutrition management at community level will be done of those 85 to 90 percent children with acute malnutrition, which do not have medical complications. She further informed that the management is being monitored and supervised by the CMAS app. Smt. Imarti Devi said that the physical measurement of and nutrition level of about 80 lakh children could be determined through this campaign. Along with this, the nutrition management of about 80 to 85 percent children will also be done at community level.
Nutrition Awareness Stall
Women and Child Development Minister Smt. Imarti Devi informed that nutrition awareness stalls will be put up in haat-bazaars to generate consciousness in tribal areas. She mentioned that a target has been set to put up 963 stalls per week and 50 thousand 76 nutrition awareness stalls in a year. Apart from this, dialogues will also be established with the mass communities and nomad communities. She further informed that nutrition baskets will be distributed to the children through nutrition awareness stalls in weekly haat bazaars of tribal areas.
Community Nutrition Kitchen
Minister Smt. Imarti Devi informed that the Community Nutrition Kitchen programme will be started to create awareness about preparing delicious and nutritious food from locally available and used cereals, fruits and vegetables. He informed that a community nutrition kitchen competition of locally available and used cereals, fruits and vegetables will be organized from March 8 to 31.
New child education centres to start
Minister Smt. Imarti Devi informed that 800 new child education centres will be started on February 28, 2020. She informed that in the first phase, 313 anganwadi centres were developed as child education centres with the objective of providing quality pre-school education to children between 3 to 6 years of age.
With a view to encourage children to play and read in Anganwadi centres, a toy-book bank is being set up. The community will donate useful toys and books to the Anganwadi centres in the name of their children. Minister Smt. Imarti Devi said that it was decided to implement this scheme to establish emotional attachment of the community with Anganwadi centres.
Minister of Women and Child Development Smt. Imarti Devi informed that the Integrated Child Protection Scheme is being run in the state for the care, safety and protection of children under 18 years. Under this scheme, 3 thousand children up to 18 years of age are being given shelter through 29 government and 83 non-government organizations. Among these, there are one thousand children in the 14 to 18 age group. Samdhara 2020 scheme is an attempt to connect such children with the mainstream of society by providing them education and vocational training as per their interest.
Minister Smt. Imarti Devi informed that children studying in Bal Bhavan under Udaan 2020 will be given a chance to learn together. This will instill moral values and humanism in children and they will not consider themselves isolated due to mutual interaction.