Two-day National consultation on maternal nutrition commences in Delhi today
According to UNICEF India, one- third of women of reproductive age in India are undernourished, with a body mass index (BMI) of less than 18.5 kg/m2
A two-day technical consultation on maternal nutrition has been organized by the Ministry of Health in India. It aims at scaling up maternal nutrition services in health systems in India.
While speaking at the opening ceremony today Dr Dinesh Baswal, Assistant commissioner maternal health stated, "We're here to share best practices and to look at the evidence-based approach to nutrition services."
Alok Kumar, adviser at Health & Nutrition, NITI Aayog expressed, "It's not about what women and children do in the institutions but it is about what they do in the home and that needs to be addressed towards addressing malnutrition."
According to UNICEF India, one- third of women of reproductive age in India are undernourished, with a body mass index (BMI) of less than 18.5 kg/m2. It is well known that an undernourished mother inevitably gives birth to an undernourished baby, perpetuating an intergenerational cycle of undernutrition.
Scaling up maternal #nutrition services in #health systems in #India is the focus of a two day technical consultation organized by @MoHFW_INDIA #POSHANAbhiyaan #ForEveryChild, a healthy mother pic.twitter.com/Wvuw1rNm2S— UNICEF India (@UNICEFIndia) April 2, 2018
All information will be put to loss if you do not change behaviour. Sanitation is first, and then ANCs, immunization, iron and folic acid, said Dr Rajesh Kumar, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development.
"Make the age of marriage 21 - raise the bar. This has to be given some serious thought," he further added.
Daily iron and folic acid supplements to prevent #maternal #anemia, sepsis, low birth weight and pre-term birth are @WHO recommendations on #antenatal care for a positive #pregnancy experience - Dr Angela de Silva @WHOSEARO @MoHFW_INDIA Nat. Maternal #nutrition Tech. Consultation pic.twitter.com/OkoSENCfDK— UNICEF India (@UNICEFIndia) April 2, 2018