Making the ICDS Effective

  • Nira Ramachandran


As the largest nutrition programme in the country and one of the largest in the world, the ICDS holds tremendous potential to transform the nutrition situation in India. Introduced as a multi-pronged programme addressing the nutritional needs of mothers and children through direct nutrition inputs as well as supporting services in the form of behaviour change communication and early childhood education the programme has unfortunately not been able to achieve substantive results. With so extensive a structure in place and functioning, it becomes imperative to identify and plug gaps in the system, as well as ensure more efficient and focussed programming with the ultimate objective of achieving a well-nourished population. This chapter assesses the ability of the programme to respond to varying regional needs, inquires into the usage of the numerous services provided and attempts to synthesize findings from a number of independent evaluations to make recommendations for improved functioning.


Supplementary Nutrition Early Childhood Education Health Checkup Nursing Mother Child Malnutrition 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Independent Development ConsultantGurgaonIndia

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