Anganwadis yet to use new standards of nutrition to collect data

Apr 01, 2014

In 2009, the Central government issued an order asking the Integrated Child Development Scheme to collect data using the World Health Organisation standards for nutrition.


However, till date, the Anganwadis in Puducherry continue to use the old scheme of measurement which estimates the level of malnourishment based on different grades.

The WHO growth standards recommend the use of a scale that measures weight of the child for a given height, which is the norm recommended by the Government of India as well. Till date, however, Anganwadis in both Tamil Nadu and Puducherry have not been measuring the height of children that are registered in the ICDS.

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