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BJP Health Ministers’ conclave to discuss infant,
Mother mortality and mal-nutrition deaths

In a first-of-its kind initiative, the Bharatiya Janata Party is holding a daylong workshop on finding ways to control Malnutrition, Infant Mortality Rate and Maternal Health at Gadchiroli, near Nagpur on 8th October 2012.  Gadchiroli is known for successful experiments in saving children through a distinctive model of early childhood care cultivated by universally acclaimed social worker Dr Abhay Bang. Dr. Bang’s ‘Shodhgram’ will be hosting this conference to be presided over by BJP President Nitin Gadkari. Besides Dr Harsh Vardhan, former Health Minister of Delhi; Narottam Mishra of Madhya Pradesh, Arvind Limbavli of Karnataka, Laxmikant Parsekar of Goa and Amar Agarwal of Chhattisgarh, among others; will be participating in this meet.

An initiative of the BJP’s Good Governance Cell, this is the seventh such brainstorming session in the past two years involving ministers of BJP-NDA ruled states. Earlier, BJP ministers of finance, education, food and agriculture, water resources, social justice and tribal welfare etc had come together in similar such conventions. Dr. Jagdish Mukhi, Dr Vinay Sahasrabuddhe and others are overseeing the functioning of the Good Governance Cell.

The latest workshop has been necessitated by recent report by WHO and Global Hunger Index, which put India amongst the three countries, out of 81 developing countries, where GHI went up from 22.9 to 23.7 between 1996-2011. It is worst than countries like Uganda, Bangla Desh, Pakistan and sub Saharan countries.

According to UN estimates 2.1 million children die in India every year before reaching the age of 5 years. Out of this 1.1 million children die within one year of their birth.

In fact, of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set by the UN in 2001, three major goals include preventing malnutrition deaths and reducing Infant Mortality Rate (infant death with in one year of birth) and improving maternal health.

Dr Abhay Bang at Shodhgram, Gadchiroli has done illustrious work in these areas. His work is been widely published in Lancet and his methods in controlling IMR have been adopted by WHO as well as by GOI. In fact, Asha programme has been based on the methods practiced by him.

Party is holding its workshop at his facility for a first hand interaction and exposure to the methods practiced there as well as to chalk out strategies and plans to further control these areas. Besides, health ministers, those participating in this workshop include Prakash Javadekar, Dr Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, Mahendra Pandey, Sudheendra Kulkarni, Dr Jagdish Mukhi and Dr S S Aggarwal of the Doctors’ Cell of the Party and Good Governance Cell functionary Ms. Shikha Tyagi, etc.

(O.P. Kohli)
Headquarter Incharge

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