New Delhi, September 15, 2020: Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) set up its Health & Nutrition Helpline, ‘Sehat evam Poshan Saathi’ to ensure that all children under six years of age are provided with nutritional supplements and regular immunization doses and, all pregnant and lactating mothers receive maternity benefits of Rs. 5000 under the PMMVY scheme, adequate nutrition and care.
The Helpline was launched by Hon’ble Minister of Women & Child Development, Shri Rajendra Pal Gautam. The Helpline is the first-of-its-kind initiative all over India and Delhi is the first state/UT to undertake it*
Rajendra Pal Gautam laid emphasis for joint collaboration between the Department of Women & Child Development, Health Department, and DCPCR. He committed to reducing malnutrition and stunting by half. He unveiled a detailed plan of action in this regard which involves robust monitoring of nutritional supplements distribution, consistent growth tracking, timely and complete immunization coverage, and institutional deliveries*
*The World Bank, in its report, ‘India’s Undernourished Children: A Call for Reform and Action’, highlighted multiple operational challenges, loopholes in proper implementation and weak monitoring & evaluation, resulting in the ineffectiveness of ICDS. This helpline is the need of the hour and aims to bridge the gap between policy intention and policy implementation*
*Health and nutrition of children under six and pregnant/lactating mothers is a key priority area of the DCPCR. Last month, DCPCR constituted the Vidhan Sabha Monitoring Committees in all the 70 Legislative Assembly Constituencies of NCT of Delhi.