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Mission Tejaswee - Anaemia Free Assam
Introduction & Rationale

Anemia, a manifestation of under-nutrition and poor dietary intake of iron is a serious public health problem among pregnant women, infants, young children and adolescents. The magnitude of Anemia together with the associated adverse health, development and economic consequences, highlights the need for intensified action to address this public health problem. Data suggests that 7 out of every 10 children aged 6-59 months in India are anemic. In fact the percentage of children with any anemia in India has increased from 74.3 percent in NFHS II to 78.9 percent in NFHS III. Anemia is also a major public health problem in Assam. The situation is very grave in Assam when compared to other states of the country. Around 72 percent of women are anemic in Assam and 77.3 percent of children aged 6-35 months are anemic according to NFHS-III.

All women with anemia are to be given IFA tablets as a part of routine activity. The percentage as per HMIS 2014-15 depicts IFA coverage as 90.6 percent and anemia among pregnant women is 59 percent. Trends in coverage of children aged 6-35 months who received IFA syrup has decreased from 27.1 percent in AHS (10-11) to 26.3 percent in AHS (11-12) in most of the districts and the state as a whole. Prevention and control of anemia is one of the key strategies of the Health, Nutrition and Population Sector Programmes for reducing maternal, neonatal and childhood mortality and improving maternal, adolescent and childhood health status. The Department of Health & Family Welfare and NHM, Assam has decided to initiate a special drive for prevention and treatment of anemia especially amongst children, adolescents and women.

 
About Mission Tejaswee

A set of activities to be implemented in an intensified manner from 3rd October till 3rd November 2015 for prevention and treatment of anemia across the state with equal focus on all 27 districts. The activities mainly include: intensification of advocacy activities, awareness generation activities, administration of IFA syrup to children 6-60 months by ASHA, distribution of IFA tablets by ANM to pregnant woman and lactating mothers with a goal to intensify ANC drive for ensuring high coverage of IFA tablet consumption.

 
Objective

The main objective is to ensure high coverage of ANC package including IFA administration in pregnant women, effective efforts to increase the administration and compliance of IFA syrup among children aged 6-60 months.

 
Report on Mission Tejaswee
Operational Guidelines
 
IEC Material
 
Reporting & Monitoring Formats
 
National Iron Plus Initiative Guidelines
 
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