Poshan Abhiyaan utilisation and dietary pattern among pregnant and postpartum mothers, Raigad district , Maharashtra, India.


  • Geeta Baswaraj Sagnali, Dr. R. Ponchitra


Utilisation, dietary pattern, Pregnant and post-partum mothers


Background: Women and children are the most essential assets on earth. To achieve complete development of human resource, it is essential to improve the health and well-being of women and child. POSHAN ABHIYAAN launched in 2018 as governments National Nutrition Mission aims to bring forth a convergence system for the country’s response to malnutrition. The study objective was to assess the level of POSHAN ABHIYAAN utilisation and dietary pattern of pregnant and postpartum mothers registered in the Anganwadi centers, Raigad district , Maharashtra.  Mother and child together form the majority of the population in developing countries. Method: A community based study employed a multistage sampling technique to select 80 participants from anganwadi centers, Raigad district, between February 2021 and April 2021. Socio-demographic profile, components of POSHAN ABHIYAAN utilisation, dietary intake and nutrient adequacy ratio were assessed.  Results: The study participants were between 20 and 44 years of age group. The utilisation of POSHAN ABHIYAAN services was average (10 – 18) among 52 (65%)  and poor (0 – 9) among 28 (35%) pregnant and post-partum mothers. Mothers living in a joint family and mainly non-vegetarian dietary pattern had good dietary intake with statistically significant association. Conclusion Deficient nutritional status of pregnant mothers can be enhanced by reinforcing nutritional guidance in each trimester of pregnancy with active community based health workers to escalate utilisation of services