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  • 24 March, 2021

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SAAMAR Campaign in Jharkhand

SAAMAR Campaign in Jharkhand

The Jharkhand government has launched the SAAMAR campaign to tackle malnutrition in the state.

About SAAMAR Campaign:

  • SAAMAR is an acronym for Strategic Action for Alleviation of Malnutrition and Anaemia Reduction.
  • The SAAMAR campaign aims to identify anaemic women and malnourished children.
  • It brings together various departments to effectively deal with the major malnutrition problem in the state.

Features of the campaign:

  • SAMAR campaign has been launched with a 1000 days target. Under this annual surveys will be conducted to track the progress.
  • Every Anganwadi Centres will be engaged to identify malnourished children. Subsequently, they will be treated at the Malnutrition Treatment Centres.
  • Anaemic women will also be identified and will be referred to health centres in serious cases.

Why was this campaign launched?

According to NFHS-4 data, Jharkhand has some worrying level of malnutrition. The NFHS-4 data reveals the following trends:

  • Every 2nd child in the state is stunted and underweight
  • Every 3rd child is affected by stunting
  • Every 10th child is affected by severe wasting
  • Apart from that, around 70% of children are anaemic in the state.

Hence, the intervention was required with a ‘different approach to reduce malnutrition.

Source: TH


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