While speaking at the virtual launch of the Early Childhood Development Conclave, the Paalan 1000 National Campaign, and the Parenting App on Tuesday in Mumbai, Union Minister of State for Health Bharati Pravin Pawar noted that India has made significant progress in reducing child mortality since 2014, from 45 per 1,000 live births to 35 per 1,000 in 2019.
The process of a baby’s cognitive development begins during pregnancy and is affected by a pregnant woman’s health, nutrition, and environment. A human baby’s future intelligence and quality of life are set in motion after birth by factors other than her physical growth. India has made significant progress in reducing child mortality since 2014.
Pawar said, “The process of a baby’s cognitive development begins during pregnancy and is affected by a pregnant woman’s health, nutrition, and environment. The effects of these factors on the developing brain of the foetus can last a lifetime.” A human baby’s future intelligence and quality of life are set in motion after birth by factors other than its physical growth.
She emphasised that the baby’s development, growth, and learning are impacted by this trip not just now, but for the rest of her life.The mother’s health is also crucial to the life of the child, she said.
According to the Ministry of Health’s official statement, “hence, the idea of ‘Continuum of Care’ is being pursued under the government initiative,” with the emphasis being placed on care at crucial life stages in order to promote infant survival.
Pawar emphasised that the first one thousand days provide the groundwork for a child’s future physical, mental, emotional, cognitive, and social well-being.
“The National Health Mission’s (NHM) Child Health Programme fully integrated programmes that increased child survival and tackled causes of death in children younger than five. To that end, she explained, “our National Health Mission guarantees access to essential services in the comfort of one’s own home, via community outreach and health facilities at varying levels, such as primary, first referral units, and tertiary health care facilities.”
The cognitive growth of infants and toddlers in the first two years of life is the primary topic of the book “Paalan 1000: Journey of the First 1000 Days.” The app will assist resolve the many uncertainties of parents and will guide our efforts in the growth of the child by providing them with practical advice on what they can do in their daily routine.