Every year the month of September is celebrated as the National Nutrition Month to fight against the Malnutrition spreading in the country. This month is dedicated to spreading awareness and making people learn about Malnutrition and its causes and also tells them what measures they could take to end the growing problem of malnutrition. They are provided with all the information related to Malnutrition. The awareness plans are spread by the union ministry of Women and children.
There are a lot of problems that are generated due to the problem of Malnutrition like anemia which is a deficiency of hemoglobin, Stunting which is preventing from growing properly, under-nutrition, low birth weight etc. These problems could cause a lot of hurdles in the proper development of an individual both mentally and physically. Malnutrition also interferes with the reproductive ability of the individual. And the National Nutrition Month which is celebrated every year in September aims towards giving the proper knowledge about the effects, symptoms, precautions, cure of the disease.
The main focus of this programme is adolescent women, pregnant women, and lactating mothers and the new-borns because these are the people who are highly and most likely to be affected by the problem of Malnutrition. The aim is to reach up to 11 crores women across the country. It also includes different ministries to spread the awareness.
The decision of celebrating National Nutrition Month every year in September was taken in the 2nd assembly of National Council Meeting in July 2018 on India’s Nutrition Challenges under the Poshan Abhiyaan.
Earlier this, National Nutrition Mission was also announced by our Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi in Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan which aims towards bringing down the problem of stunting in children aging between 0-6 years by 38 to 25 percent by the year 2022. The mission is set up with the three year budget of 9046.17 crores, considering 2018 as the starting year.