Nutrition interventions have been proved as one of the most cost effective investments for overall socio-economic development by enhancing human capital through improved productivity of the population. Hence, nutritional well-being of the population is crucial for accelerated attainment of many of the Sustainable Development Goals. In an alignment with several international and national declarations and National Health Policies including International Conference on Nutrition, Government of Nepal is committed to its citizens for adequate food, health and nutrition to maintain their nutritional well-being. The Constitution has also ensured the right to food, health and nutrition to all citizens in Nepal. Failing to ensure protection of the population from the hunger and under-nutrition often results in the vicious cycle of malnutrition and infections leading to poor cognitive and intellectual development adversely affecting which, in turn, lead to less productivity leading to compromised socio-economic development. When combined with household food insecurity, frequent illness and infections, inadequate dietary intake, poor hygiene, care and practices, the cycle of intergenerational malnutrition comes into existence and continues.
Goal: The goal of National Nutrition Programme is to achieve nutritional well-being of all people to maintain a healthy life to contribute in the socio-economic development of the country, through improved nutrition programme implementation in collaboration with relevant sectors.
The general objective of the National Nutrition Programme is to enhance nutritional well-being, reduce child and maternal mortality and to contribute for equitable human development.
Promotion of food based-approach
Supplementation of food
Promotion of Public Health Measures
Women and children can specifically benefit from this program through nutrition sensitive and nutrition specific intervention. Few of those benefits include:
- Free availability of iron tablets and calcium for pregnant women
- Regular growth monitoring, integrated management of acute malnutrition and food fortification.
The services are available at District Hospitals, Primary Healthcare Centers and Health Posts and up to the community level.
All newborns and children are eligible to receive the services under CB-IMNCI
No documents or certifications need to be presented to receive the services under this programme
If you wish to find out more about the programme, contact any of the following health facilities nearest to you -
- District Health Office
- District Hospital
- Primary Health Care Centre
- Health Posts
- Female community Health volunteers
Program implemented by:
Child Health Division
Department of Health Services (DoHS)
T: +977 1 4261660
F: +977 1 4251173