Combat Anaemia for a Healthier Generation and Productive Workforce

Combat Anaemia for a Healthier Generation and Productive Workforce

Anaemia, particularly in women and children is a prominent unsolved problem in India. Between NFHS-3 to NFHS-4 there is no substantial reduction of anaemia at the national or state levels. Having the state score cards in hand in the format of NFHS-4 data, Indian Institute of Health Research Management and The Coalition for Food and Nutrition Security collaborated together and organised a state consultation on September 22, 2017 in Jaipur, Rajasthan on ‘Anaemia in Rajasthan – Challenges and Way Forward’ to discuss and address issues related to anaemia which is a key global target to be achieved by 2025.

While presenters in the panel highlighted convergence gap, availability & accessibility, minimal focus on adolescents, lack of awareness as issues and recommended dietary diversity, women empowerment, social audits as strategic interventions for the state, Director-RCH, Government of Rajasthan spoke about the existing policy and programme interventions in the state and Director-W&CD, Government of Rajasthan spoke about ICDS interventions specific to anaemia control. Special focus was also given to prevention interventions to protect future generation from falling into the loop of anaemia.