Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) – national programme

Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) is the only major national programme that addresses the health and nutrition needs of children under the age of six. It seeks to provide young children with an integrated package of services, including supplementary nutrition, health care and pre-school education. Since the needs of a young child cannot be addressed in isolation from those of his or her mother, the programme also extends to adolescent girls, pregnant women and nursing mothers. ICDS services are provided through a vast network of ICDS centres, better known as “Anganwadis”.

This section of the website presents a range of action-oriented documents on ICDS, including a reader-friendly “primer”, the “FOCUS report” on children under six, Supreme Court orders, extracts from Commissioners’ reports, government documents, research articles, survey findings, and much more. […]

Source: Right to Food Campaign: Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS)

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[…] Research following children over time finds that being from a Scheduled Caste or a backward tribe substantially increases the probability of a child being stunted — and persistently so.

If the underlying context is not strong for economic growth to generate undernutrition reduction, can India’s nutrition interventions overcome these barriers? […]

This lack of data and strategic analysis also diminishes the effectiveness of Indian civil society to mobilise around nutrition. For example, the Right to Food Campaign’s push for a National Food Security Act makes important demands, but even if some of them are met, they will need transparent monitoring of resource flows to promote accountability of all stakeholders. […]

Source: The Hindu : Opinion / Op-Ed : Transforming child nutrition
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