'National Nutrition Mission':Bill Gates Foundation to design software for govt nutrition mission

Highlights:

  • 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 (ICDS).
  • 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.