First 1000 Days Program Launched In Longleng to Promote Maternal and Child Health

Longleng: District Health Society Longleng, Department of Health and Family Welfare organized the launching programme to address the critical first 1000 days following childbirth

BY | Wednesday, 19 July, 2023

In an effort to combat malnutrition and promote maternal and child health, the District Health Society Longleng, in collaboration with the Department of Health and Family Welfare, organized the launch of the “First 1000 Days” initiative on July 19, 2023, at the CMO conference hall in Longleng. The program aims to address the critical first 1000 days following childbirth and create awareness about the importance of proper nutrition and care during this period.

During the event, Dr. Tiasunep, Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of Longleng, delivered the welcome address and presented an insightful journey of the “First 1000 Days” program through a detailed PowerPoint presentation. He stressed the significance of disseminating information about the program and encouraging people to avail the facilities and services provided under it.

The special guest, Dharam Raj, IAS, Deputy Commissioner Longleng, expressed his honor to be a part of the program and highlighted its focus on ensuring the well-being of mothers and children. He emphasized the need for collaboration with the government and community members in the endeavor to combat malnutrition and ensure healthy development during the first 1000 days after childbirth.

Various presentations covered crucial topics such as Antenatal care, Child Vaccination, Breastfeeding, Early Childhood Development, Convergence at Village Health Sanitation and Nutrition Day, PMMVY scheme, Nutritional support during the first 1000 days, and Social and Behavioral Change Communication (SBCC) through Self-Help Group (SHG) institutions.

Additionally, a technical session was organized for healthcare workers, enhancing their knowledge and skills to effectively implement the program.

The event saw active participation from representatives of churches, wards, Phomla Hoichem, and line departments, reflecting the community’s commitment to promoting maternal and child health. The “First 1000 Days” program aims to create a comprehensive approach to combat malnutrition and promote the overall well-being of mothers and children, with the active involvement of the community and healthcare professionals.

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