The percentage of underweight children will reduce from 16% (TDHS 2010) to 11% in 2020.
The percentage of stunting children will reduce from 42% to 27% in 2020.
Guidelines to address maternal and infants and young child feeding, management of acute malnutrition, control of micronutrient deficiencies and healthy eating and lifestyle issues as needed. A pool of nutrition professionals is sustained through skill based in-service and pre-service training programs integrated in existing curricula.
The health and social welfare sector will promote appropriate maternal, infant and young child feeding practices in households and in communities and will advocate towards reducing food insecurity among households. More attention will be paid to strengthening compliance to exclusive breast feeding and infant and young child feeding practices, and promoting hygiene and sanitation practices. Strategies for control of micronutrient deficiencies will be integrated in the Community Health Programme.
Routine provision of nutrition counselling and essential vitamins and micronutrients to pregnant and lactating women and children under the age of five-years
will be strengthened.
Through integrated Health Promotion interventions, health workers will encourage people to shift to healthy diets and avoid unhealthy foods (high in carbohydrate, fat, sugar, and salt). Through campaigns, the MOHSW will intensify awareness creation and public sensitisation on life-style related illnesses, to prevent behaviour risk factors contributing to becoming overweight or obese; these campaigns aim to reduce hypertension risk factors, coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes and some forms of cancer.