Brief Note

National Iron Plus Initiative (NIPI) &
Weekly Iron Folic Acid Supplementation Programme (WIFS)


As a holistic approach, State has launched National Iron Plus Initiative (NIPI) programe in June 2014 as per GoI guideline to prevent & control Anemia in different age group through life cycle approach

Under National Iron Plus Initiative State is being ensured IFA supplementation in 6 to 60 month children, 5 to 10 years children and adolescents of 10 to 19 years age group through 92,195 Aganwadi centres, 85,113 Primary schools and 70,669 middle, high and higher secondary schools.

Key Achievements


Facilitation of Media meet in July 2015 chaired by UNICEF goodwill ambassador, Ms. Priyanka Chopra (Bollywood actress) for creating mass awareness among adolescents as per initiative of MoHFW and convergence with A&C division, UNICEF field office of Madhya Pradesh.

Madhya Pradesh is the First state who has procured WIFS –Junior – IFA Pink (45mg) and supplementation of the same is being ensured through AWCs and 85,113 Govt. Govt. Aided primary Schools

National Deworming Day on 10th February 2015 –

The state of Madhya Pradesh has conducted National Deworming Day (NDD) on 10th February 2015 in all 51 districts in convergence with the DoE, DoWCD, Tribal Department and other development partners (DtWI, UNICEF & MI). The total target beneficiaries between the ages of 1-19 years were approximately 2.08 crore out of which the state could reach out and render deworming service to approximately 1.84 crore children with the coverage of 89%.

The reporting system has been shifted to the ASHA and CUG messages are being sent to the field functionaries on monthly basis thereby streamlining the timely reporting of WIFS. Wall paintings of WIFS in middle, high and higher secondary schools of 17 HPDs have been completed for rendering visibility to the WIFS programme. WIFS component has been included in the teacher’s training curriculum of Department of School Education also.

Adolescent anemia is a critical public health problem in India with a glaring gender disparity. In Madhya Pradesh, anemia in ever married women (15-49 yrs) is 57.6%. The future of

adolescent girls in the country seems dismal with a vicious cycle of underweight adolescence, child marriage and maternal mortality. More than half of them (56%) are anemic and 43% are married off before the age of 18. To address anemia in Madhya Pradesh, the State has been focusing on micronutrient supplementation interventions n children between 6m -60m and adolescent age group over the years. Further to build up on the gains of the existing programmes, Weekly Iron Folic supplementation programme (WIFS) is being implemented from 3rd Dec 2013 focusing on boys and girls of adolescent age group.

Interventions under NIPI:-

---Ensuring supervised ingestion of IFA.
---Ensuring Annual deworming (Albendazole Chewable tablets – 400mg -as per guidelines)
---Screening and Referrals of moderate and severe anemia cases
---Manage adverse events at school and AWCs level.

Activities planned in PIP 2015-16 under NIPI/ WIFS is as follows:

• Divisional level Review cum sensitization meeting with allied dept.
• 939 batches (3 batches per block)-Half day orientation of primary school teachers on National Iron Plus Initiative (NIPI).
• 1136 batches (50 ASHAs per batches) -Orientation of ASHAs in monthly meeting to strengthen the reporting.
• 626 batches (2 batches per block)-Half day orientation of Middle, high and high school teachers on weekly Iron Folic Acid Supplementation (WIFS) Programme.
• Incentives to ASHAs for biweekly IFA supplementation to 6 to 60 month children.
• Jingles messages through radio and TV channels.
• National Deworming Day media activities for awareness generation.