Initiatives

Mission Balam Sukham

The life-cycle dynamics of the causes and consequences of malnutrition, demand a holistic and all inclusive approach to prevent and treat under-nutrition and nutritional insufficiency. While preventing fetal and early childhood malnutrition deserves attention, intervening at critical points in the life cycle will accelerate and consolidate positive change. Such critical windows of opportunity are adolescence and first 1000 days of life.

The task of improving the health and nutrition status to reduce the incidence of morbidity and mortality calls for a multi-sectoral approach and convergent planning. Key Government Departments which have a direct / indirect bearing on the causative factors of under nutrition among women and children are departments of Women and Child Development, Health and Family Welfare, Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Education, Water Supply & Sanitation, Urban development and Food and Civil Supplies.

Mission Balam Sukham was hence conceptualized to provide an enabling mechanism to the line different departments to come together under one umbrella for concerted efforts to address and improve the nutritional status of the children in Gujarat.

Mission Balam Sukham was officially launched on 18th September 2012 through Hon'ble Chief Minister of Gujarat state with an aim to combat malnutrition across the state.
The strategy of Gujarat State Nutrition Mission focuses on both preventive and curative aspects.

Preventive Aspects of Gujarat State Nutrition Mission

  • Accelerating Community Mobilization for strengthening comprehensive nutrition programmes through extensive Behavior Change Communication.
  • Community support networks like Panchayati Raj Institutions, Self Help Groups, Sakhi Mandals, Doodh Mandlies etc would be oriented and mobilized for increased focus on vulnerable groups.
  • Creating mass awareness on Infant and Young Child Feeding Practices, life cycle approach including pregnant and lactating mothers, involving Panchayati Raj Institutions and Village Health, Sanitation and Nutrition Committees.
  • Focus on promotion of ten proven interventions to prevent under nutrition and undertaking new / innovative interventions considered necessary.
  • Strengthening of Ongoing Nutrition Supplementation programmes through MAMTA Diwas and Annaprashan Diwas.
  • Strengthening Immunization, Referral & Promotion of Hygienic practices

Curative Aspects of Gujarat State Nutrition Mission

3 - tier approach for Integrated Management of Malnutrition at different levels.

  • The Village Child Nutrition Center as "Bal Shaktim Kendra" at Anganwadi centers for malnourished children without any medical needs.

    Under this program malnourished children without any medical needs are enrolled in the VCNC center for 30 working days were they are provided 5 times supervised diet + 2 times home diets in addition to micronutrient supplementation and medicines.
  • The Child Malnutrition Treatment Center as "Bal Sewa Kendra" at PHC/CHC/ Sub District level for malnourished children needing some medical care.

    Under this program malnourished children with some medical needs are enrolled residentially in the CHC/ Sub District level hospital for 21 working days were they are provided 6-8 times supervised diet + micronutrient supplementation and medicines. During this period mother's of malnourished children are also provided wage loss compensation for the period they stay in the facility
  • Nutrition Rehabilitation Center as "Bal Sanjeevani Kendra" at District Hospital/ Medical College for malnourished children with significant medical care.

    Under this program malnourished children with significant medical needs are enrolled residentially in the District level hospital or Medical College for 21-25 working days were they are provided 6-8 times supervised diet + micronutrient supplementation and medicines. During this period mother's of malnourished children are also provided wage loss compensation for the period they stay in the facility.
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