NHM Jharkhand Launches State Action Plan for Micronutrient Supplementation

IPE Global | April 12, 2019 IST

As part of its commitment to transform the nutritional outcomes for women, children and adolescents in Jharkhand, the National Health Mission (NHM) Jharkhand launched the State Action Plan for Micronutrient Supplementation on February 25, 2019. This action plan aims to increase the supply and coverage of IFA tablets and syrup, Calcium, Vitamin A and Albendazole for pregnant women, nursing mothers, children and adolescents.

 

The State Action Plan (SAP) was launched at Ranchi’s Capitol Hill by Dr. Nitin Madan Kulkarni, Secretary, Health, Medical Education and Family Welfare who presided as the Chief Guest. Dr. Rajendra Paswan, Director in Chief, Jharkhand Health Services; Dr. Dinesh Kumar Saxena, Director General, State Nutrition Mission; Dr. Alok Ranjan of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and; Dr. Madhulika Jonathan, UNICEF India were also present as the guests of honour.

 

The state of Jharkhand is frontrunner in evolving a result oriented action plan that will strengthen the system at state, district and sub district levels so as to deliver an uninterrupted supply and high coverage of micronutrients amongst the target groups.

 

The SAP outlines a five-step process to ensure adequate supply and reduce stock-outs of micronutrient drugs across facilities in Jharkhand. The process includes; estimating annual requirement & micro planning based on population estimates; procurement & distribution; monitoring & reporting; performance review and; capacity building.

 

“We recognise the State Action Plan will help us to reach out for last mile delivery of micronutrient drugs to cover women, children and adolescents in Jharkhand. To maintain high coverage of micronutrients, capacity building of health personnel in estimating annual requirements, as well as, microplanning for effective distribution are crucial.”

said Dr. Nitin Madan Kulkarni, Secretary, Health, Medical Education and Family Welfare at the launch. He also noted that strengthening HMIS reporting and effective use of

e-aushadhi

software are key to the program’s success.

 

The event also featured a panel discussion on insights around best practices for improving maternal infant and young child nutrition interventions. The panel members included Mr. Parth Bahuguna from Clinton Health Access Initiative, Mr. Indrajit Chaudhari from Project Concern International, Ms. Mini Varghese from Nutrition International and Ms. Namita Wadhwa from IPE Global.

 

Welcoming NHM’s initiative, Dr. Dinesh Kumar Saxena emphasized on the importance of inter-department convergence in the successful roll out of Poshan Abhiyaan.



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