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Ensuring Healthier and Brighter Future for Children of Jammu & Kashmir: Paalan 1000

A baby’s brain develops more rapidly in the first 1000 days of life. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s (MoHFW) focus on responsive care during the first 1000 days saw convening of Early Child Development (ECD) Conclave and launch of Paalan 1000 initiative on 16th & 17th August at Mumbai. The aim of Paalan 1000 is to achieve healthy beginning and growth for each and every child in the country. 

Dr. Bharti Pravin Pawar, Hon’ble Minister of State, MoHFW launched the initiative and its APP virtually.  Dr. Vinod K Paul, Member (Health & Nutrition), NITI Aayog, Dr. P. Ashok Babu, Joint Secretary (RCH), MoHFW, Dr. Pradeep Vyas, Additional Chief Secretary (Health), Government of Maharashtra, and Dr. Sumita Ghosh, Additional Commissioner In-charge (Child Health), MoHFW were among the dignitaries at the launch. The event was well attended by officials from MoHFW, NHMs from nearly 20 states as well as multilaterals, community organizations and international foundations. 

Jammu and Kashmir is one of the few states undertaking pioneering work in ECD. The Mission Director NHM, J&K, Mr. Yasin M. Choudhary presented efforts and progress made by J&K government with the conclave attendees. He highlighted the achievements of various child health programs and ECD approaches related to five components of ‘Nurturing Care’. He also shared the progress made under RBSK of ensuring that children receive the required critical care with support of the state government. 

Paalan 1000 is a major step forward for the country. With the support and lead being taken by state governments such as Jammu & Kashmir, Paalan 1000 is destined to contribute significantly in ensuring a brighter beginning and future for every child in India. Norway India Partnership Initiative is providing Technical Assistance in ECD activities to Government of Jammu & Kashmir, other state NHMs as well as at the country level.