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Common Result Framework to reduce malnutrition designed

Bhubaneswar, Oct 27: Draft Common Result Framework (CRF) for reduction of malnutrition in Odisha has been designed by the Working Group constituted for the purpose. This was discussed in a high level meeting held under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi on Thursday.

Chairman of the Working Group and Secretary Women and Child Development Vishal Dev presented the draft for discussion. 

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). The indicators like stunting, anemia, low birth weight, exclusive breast feeding, child hood wasting have been suggested as indicators for measuring the reduction in malnutrition.

The draft CRF revealed that because of several child welfare, health, sanitation, food security and child care initiatives, there has been reduction in stunting among children under 5 from 45% in 2005-06 to 38% in 2013-14. There has been significant decline in IMR from 112 in 1992-93 to 49 in 2014. Improvement in rural connectivity, increased use of ICDS and helth services by the people has resulted in these achievements.

Padhi advised to achieve improvement in all key result areas through scale up of nutrition specific governance. The identified key result areas include, increased demand and delivery of nutrition related services and entitlements, increased state capacity, improved multi sectoral planning and convergence; and Improved commitment and 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 finalise 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.

It may be pertinent here to mention that with the objectives of reducing malnutrition in Odisha, State Government has entered into an MOU with Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives (APPI). The ONAP will be carried forward in joint collaboration between the Government and APPI.

Principal Secretary Rural Development Pradeepta Kumar Mohapatra, Secretary Fisheries and Animal Resource Development Bishnupada Sethi, Director National Health Mission Salini Pandit along with senior officers from concerned departments and members from APPI under the leadership of Devjit Mitra participated in the deliberations. 

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