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.
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.