Evaluation of Supplementary Nutrition Activities under Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) at Anganwadi Centres of Different Districts of Gujarat

Chudasama, RK and Kadri, AM and Joshi, N and Bhola, C and Zalavadiya, D and Vala, M (2013) Evaluation of Supplementary Nutrition Activities under Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) at Anganwadi Centres of Different Districts of Gujarat. [Journal (On-line/Unpaginated)]

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The ICDS program aims at enhancing survival and development of children from the vulnerable sections of the society. The present study was conducted to assess supplementary nutrition (SN) activities and its related issues at anganwadi centres. Material and methods: Total 60 anganwadi centres were selected including 46 anganwadi centres (AWCs) from rural area and 14 AWCs from urban area during April 2012 to March 2013 from 12 districts of Gujarat. Five AWCs were selected from one district randomly. Detailed information was collected related to beneficiary’s coverage for SN, type of food provided under SN, and various issues related to supplementary nutrition at anganwadi centres. Results: High coverage of receiving SN among enrolled was reported in pregnant mothers (88.3%), lactating mothers (91.7%) and adolescents (86.7%). Only 25% AWCs were providing hot cooked food (HCF) to 3 to 6 years children. Less than half of the AWCs were providing ready to eat (RTE) food to 6 months to 3 years children (48.3%), pregnant (46.7%) and lactating (46.7%) mothers, and adolescents (45.0%). Total 38.3% AWCs reported shortage of SN supply, more in rural (41.3%) compare to urban (28.6%). Various problems were reported by anganwadi workers related to SN like lack of storage facility, non availability of separate kitchen, poor quality of food, irregular supply, inadequate supply, and fuel problem. Conclusion: The regular and adequate supply of SN will improve the provision of hot cooked food, ready to eat food and take home ration to the beneficiaries as per the norms, leading to improvement of overall nutritional status of the community.

Item Type:Journal (On-line/Unpaginated)
Keywords:Anganwadi workers; Supplementary nutrition; ICDS
Subjects:JOURNALS > Online Journal of Health and Allied Sciences
ID Code:9688
Deposited By: Kakkilaya Bevinje, Dr. Srinivas
Deposited On:24 Aug 2014 20:51
Last Modified:20 Apr 2015 11:45

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