18 Feb 2014

Integration of NRHM and MDMS

National Rural Health Mission (NRHM)
The Ministry of Human Resources Development has written to the Education Departments of all States for coordination with National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) for effective implementation of Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK). 

RBSK is a new initiative of the Government of India which aims to screen and manage children from birth to 18 years of age for defects at birth, deficiencies, diseases, developmental delays including disabilities. 

During the current year (FY 2013-14), a total of 3.45 crore children including school children were screened under the scheme. About 12 lakh children were identified with health conditions and referred to the health facilities for further management. 

4844 dedicated block level mobile health teams have been mobilized for providing early screening of children both in anganwadis and schools.

 All newborns born at public health facilities and at home are screened for birth defects by health personnel and ASHAs respectively, between six weeks to six years of age at Anganwadi centres and between six years to 18 years of age who are enrolled in Government and Government aided schools by Mobile Block Health Teams. 

The children with identified health conditions are referred to the appropriate facility for further interventions. 

The implementation of the RBSK is reviewed by the Joint Review Missions for Mid Day Meal Scheme (MDMS) during their visit to the States. 

The representatives of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare are involved with the Governance structures of the MDMS at all levels to ensure proper coordination in this regard. 

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