Odisha Designs CRF To Reduce Malnutrition

Bhubaneswar:  A Draft Common Result Framework (CRF) for reduction of malnutrition in Odisha has been designed by a working group to achieve a reduction of 20 percentage points in malnutrition by 2025.

“The CRF has been designed to achieve a reduction of 20 percentage points in malnutrition Odisha by 2025 to keep pace with the targets set under Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and World Health Assembly ( WHA),” said a release on Thursday.

Stunting, anemia, low birth weight, exclusive breastfeeding, and childhood wasting have been suggested as indicators for measuring the reduction in malnutrition.

This was discussed in a high-level meeting held under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi here.

The draft CRF revealed that because of several child welfares, health, sanitation, food security and child care initiatives, there has been a reduction in stunting among children under 5 from 45% in 2005-06 to 38% in 2013-14.

There has been a significant decline in IMR from 112 in 1992-93 to 49 in 2014. Improvement in rural connectivity, increased use of ICDS and health services by the people has resulted in these achievements, the release added.

Padhi advised achieving improvement in all key result areas through scale-up of nutrition specific governance.

The identified key result areas include- (1) increased demand & delivery of nutrition-related services & entitlements, (2) Increased State capacity, (3) Improved multi-sectoral planning & convergence, and (4) Improved commitment & leadership for nutrition.

It was decided to prepare Odisha multi-sector Nutrition Action Plan (ONAP) through consultation with concerned departments dealing food security, nutrition, and agricultural productivity, sanitation, health and maternity care.

Chief Secretary advised to complete the interdepartmental consultation within two weeks and finalize the ONAP. It was also decided to operationalise a Nutrition Secretariat as an overarching body to provide guidance and direction to all components of the project.

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