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CFTRI to provide nutritive foods to anganwadi children

Posted:  Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Addressing nutritional deficiencies among the pre-school children takes a new turn! With an aim to tackle the nutritional deficiencies in preschool children, the Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI) will provide specially developed nutritive foods to anganwadi children.

Pre-school children are highly susceptible to malnutrition and its consequences. Lack of adequate balanced diet results in poor physical growth and development and impaired cognitive development. Thus the CFTRI have developed products to complement the existing feeding program run by the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) at anganwadis.

Currently, the government spends Rs. 9 per day on a malnourished child and Rs. 6 per day on a normal child; eggs are distributed 4 days a week and sweet and khara pongal 2 days a week. The products developed by CFTRI are wholesome in terms of the nutrition profile. The wide range of products include rice mix, high protein rusk, energy food, nutri chikki with Spirulina, nutri sprinkle, sesame paste and fortified mango bar. They contain the required amounts of macro and micronutrients for pre-school children.

The large scale preparation of the foods is in progress and it will be distributed over a 6 month period to 250 anganwadi children in Nanjangud and Biligere. Shedding more light on it, the Deputy Director of Women and Child Development Radha said, “Based on the success of the effort, we will take over preparation and distribution of the foods.”

Further, the CSIR-CFTRI organised a training programme for representatives from the Department of Women and Child Development for the planning and execution of the nutrition intervention study with the national coordinator for the project and the State officials of Karnataka.

An initial study conducted at the Nanjangud taluk has explored the family background and health status of pre-school children suffering from malnutrition. Of the 250 children, 90 have been identified as malnourished. The impact of the current programme on the health status of the preschool children will be evaluated at the end of a six-month trial.

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