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Scaling up of Digital Health Tracking of anaemia cases under Anemia Mukt Bharat in Jammu and Kashmir

The Anemia Mukt Bharat (AMB) Programme was launched by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), Government of India (GoI) as a strategic approach to reduce prevalence of anaemia in women and children by intensifying strong initiatives, strengthen the existing mechanisms and foster newer strategies for managing anemia.

In this regard, National Health Mission (NHM), Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) launched Test-Treat-Talk (T3) anaemia special camps with a focus on social and mass mobilization and screening for anemia through Rashtrya Bal Suraksha Karyakaram (RBSK) Mobile Health Teams and Health & Wellness Centers. The camps were launched by Hon’ble Lieutenant Governor during the J&K Health Conclave organized by NHM, J&K in Srinagar on 5th July, 2023.

To capture data in real time, NHM with technical support of Norway India Partnership Initiative (NIPI) has developed a mobile based application in ODK and a dashboard for analyzing district wise prevalence of anaemia in different age groups in women and children in order to formulate strategies for successful implementation of AMB Programme in J&K. Orientation for RBSK Mobile Health Teams on use of ODK APP was also supported by NIPI.

For supplementing the efforts of RBSK Mobile Health teams in screening and tracking of Anaemia across all the age groups, T3 strategy adopted by NHM J&K was scaled up further. In this regard, 600 Mid-Level Health Provider (MLHP), Community Health Officers (CHO) from 7 districts of Jammu, Udhampur, Ramban, Samba, Pulwama, Kupwara and Kulgam, posted at the Health & Wellness Centers (HWCs) were oriented on the use of ODK APP with technical support of NIPI. More than 1,25,000 cases have been screened for anemia out of which 56% were female.