'National Nutrition Mission':Bill Gates Foundation to design software for govt nutrition mission
The reputed international NGO, the Bill and Melinda Gates
Foundation will design a software programme for real-time monitoring of
nutrition under the government’s proposed 'National Nutrition Mission'.
Melinda, the co-chair of the foundation, met Women and Child
Development Minister Maneka Gandhi today in this regard.
In the new Mission, the institution will attempt reaching
out to every malnutritioned child with coordinated and targeted delivery of
health and supplementary nutrition services.
Under the Nutrition Mission, anganwadi workers will be given
tablet devices and weighing machines.
It is linked to GPS to do real time monitoring of nutrition
levels on a daily basis while nutrition laboratories would be set up to test
the quality of food being supplied under Integrated Child Development Services
The objective of the Mission is to remove irregularities
dogging the proper implementation of the ICDS due to the complete absence of
any system of monitoring over the last 40 years of its existence.
A five-tier monitoring mechanism has been introduced at the
national, state, district, block and anganwadi levels in order to strengthen
the performance of ICDS.