Not way back, the photographs of extreme malnourished youngsters from Nagada within the  north to Kashinagar in south have been galore in Odisha, the bitter dwelling fact to the fore right now is the tally of extreme acute malnourished (SAM) youngsters within the State was up by over 48k over the past 20 years.

The State authorities appears much less bothered over the rise is obvious from the truth that Odisha may utilise solely 46 % of the overall POSHAN allocation made out there by the Centre in 2020-21. And the irony was that the State had foregone a whopping Rs 151 cr between 2017-20 for not implementing the scheme, regardless of having saddled with a large 2.094 lakh SAM youngsters in 2005-06.

As per the current NFHS-5 knowledge, the proportion of severely wasted (weight to top ratio) underneath -5 youngsters in Odisha has elevated to six.4 % from 5.2 % in 2005-06. And the estimated SAM U-5 youngsters have elevated to 2.578 lakh in 2020-21 from 2.094 lakh in 2005-06. This present over the past two-decades, the estimated SAM youngsters within the State has posted an increase of over 48,340.

POSHAN Hyperlink With SAM

The POSHAN Abhiyaan was launched in 2017 by the Union Authorities with a objective to enhance the dietary standing of kids (0-6 years), adolescent women, pregnant girls and lactating moms. 

The goal of the mission is to convey down stunting in youngsters (0-6 years), from 38.4% in 2016 to 25% by 2022.  In addition to, it additionally goals to cut back anemia amongst girls and adolescent women (15-49 years) and enhance delivery weight. The mission of the scheme is to eradicate undernutrition on the grassroots and make India malnutrition-free India by 2022. 

The State didn’t implement the scheme until 2019. Nevertheless, Odisha made a U-turn in 2020 and carried out the scheme. The Centre allotted Rs 163.58 cr in 2020-21, however the utilisation within the State stood at Rs 75.55 cr.

Considerably, one of many important options of the POSHAN scheme is to arrange Dietary Sources Centres (NRCs) in districts having excessive prevalence of Extreme Acute Malnutrition (SAM).


Diet Rehabilitation Centres (NRCs) operate at public well being services solely to cater to the under-five sick Extreme Acute Malnourished (SAM) youngsters who’re admitted for scientific administration of their medical issues together with dietary administration.

Not too long ago, a Union Girls and Kids report revealed that the Centre has recognized a excessive of round 15,595 SAM youngsters in Odisha who’ve undergone therapy at NRCs.

Odisha has established 45 NRCs vis-a-vis 315 by MP,62 by Chhattisgarh and 68 by Jharkhand. All of the states have been grouped in Excessive-Focus states within the nation the place undernutrition and SAM youngsters are among the many top-10 within the nation. 

Furthermore, solely round 16 NRCs are purposeful in as many as 9 high-burden western Odisha districts the place the toddler mortality and U-5 deaths are very excessive.

As per WHO and Unicef, NRCs play a significant function in cubing the rising SAM youngsters, if the idea of NRCs (began in 1955) is to be carried out holistically.  

Nagada And NRC 

July 2016: Odisha hit nationwide headlines when as many as 19 youngsters died of malnutrition. This might have been prevented had the Odisha authorities established NRCs there. 


Here’s what a WHO report has noticed.

“Linking of NRCs with the community-based core mannequin of administration of extreme malnourished must be carried out in letter and spirit. This mannequin as envisaged by the WHO supplies a framework for an built-in public well being response to curve malnutrition, deal with most sufferers with SAM at dwelling, and that in-patient care is reserved for these with acute medical issues,” observe a WHO report.    

Had the State authorities carried out the NRs in letter and spirit, lifes of 19 harmless tribal youngsters may have been saved.

Regardless of Nagada setback, Odisha refuses to take any lesson, which is obvious from the lackadaisical implementation of the POSHAN scheme.

Malnutrition Situation In Odisha

NFHS-5 2020-21: 

•    Stunted U-5 youngsters in Odisha is 34 %.

•    Below weight U-5 youngsters at 34.4 %.

•    Whereas State has recorded a drop in stunted and underweight proportion over the past 2-decades, it has posted an increase within the proportion of wasted and severely waste youngsters.

•    Odisha has excessive U-5 mortality fee. And SAM is the foremost trigger.

•    Worst hit districts quantity is eighteen (Malkangiri, Koraput, Rayagada, Gajapati, Ganjam, Kandhamal, Kalahandi, Balangir, Nabarangpur, Nuapada, Bargarh, Boudh, Subarnapur, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Sundeargarh, Keonjhar and Mayurbhanj), the place almost half  of the kid populace under-five are in stunting class. The proportion is almost 35 % in 4 different districts. 

•    On a mean, a minimum of one-third of kids underneath 5 years of age in 29 of 30 districts are within the grip of malnutrition, reveals a NRHM (Nationwide rural Well being Mission) report.

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