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Child healthcare programme ‘Amma Kongu’ launched in Andhra

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A maternal and child healthcare programme, Amma Kongu (anchal), has launched in Andhra Pradesh. The programme is expected to help the tribal belts of the state.
Actually, the high Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) in several mandals particularly in the tribal sub-plan areas in the district has exposed the glaring deficiencies in the maternal and child health care service delivery system.
According to the official figures, the IMR stood at 59.14 per 1000 live births in the tribal areas under Vara Ramachandra Puram (VR Puram) ICDS project limits last year. Kunavaram, another tribal sub-plan mandal, has recorded the second highest IMR of 22.73.
Organisations including Unicef, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School, Public Health and National Rural Health Mission have partnered with the government for this initiative.The programme will concentrate on areas such as breast feeding, prevention of child marriages, antenatal care, anaemia, institutional deliveries, postnatal care and child health. The programme will connect health department officials in each district to non-governmental and volunteering healthcare professionals and members of local communities and is expected to improve the living and health standards in rural areas.

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