The Odisha State Cabinet recently gave its approval to the “Mukhyamantri Sampoorna Pushti Yojana (MSPY),” a comprehensive program aimed at improving the nutritional well-being of specific target groups in the state. This initiative focuses on enhancing the nutrition outcomes of adolescent girls (aged 15-19 years), pregnant women, lactating mothers, and children under the age of 6 who are suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM), Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM), and severe underweight conditions. The program is set to be implemented over a span of five years, starting from the fiscal year 2023-24, with an estimated budget of Rs 3354.40 Crore.
The key components of the MSPY program include the following:
- Nutrition for Adolescent Girls: Provision of nutritional support through various means such as eggs, ladoos, and nutrition supplements for all adolescent girls aged 15-19 years across the state. b. Organizing Kishori Melas (adolescent girl fairs) at the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) project level, which will involve screening for nutrition-related risks (BMI, MUAC), anemia screening, and implementation of other TEC (technology-enabled communication)/SBCC (social and behavior change communication) activities.
- Maternal Nutrition: Provision of additional Take Home Ration (THR) in the form of nutrient-rich food products, including millets and extra eggs, to pregnant women and lactating mothers throughout the state.
- Nutrition for children under 6 years: Enhanced provision of THR and additional eggs for children suffering from SAM, MAM, and severe underweight conditions.
By implementing the MSPY program, the Odisha State Government aims to significantly improve the nutritional status and overall health of these vulnerable groups. This initiative is expected to have a positive impact on the well-being of adolescent girls, pregnant women, lactating mothers, and young children across the state.