The program is aimed at children up to 6 years old, pregnant and nursing mothers and women aged 16 to 44.The plan aims to improve the health, nutrition and education (KAP) of the target community. Palghar doctors confirm that the number of children's visits to health centers has dropped dramatically. The long-term goal is to build women's capacities to meet their own health, nutrition and development needs, as well as those of their children and families. It is the main symbol of the country's commitment to its children and nursing mothers, as a response to the challenge of providing non-formal preschool education, on the one hand, and breaking the vicious circle of malnutrition, morbidity, reduced learning capacity and mortality, on the other.
It provides the child with the necessary preparation for primary school and also frees older siblings (especially girls) from caring for the youngest children in the family and thus allows them to attend school. Constant participation helps change community behavior and makes people more receptive to development programs such as ICDS. Different beliefs, behaviors and traditions hinder the effective implementation of development programs. The provision of supplementary nutrition under the ICDS scheme is mainly done to close the gap between the recommended dietary intake (RDA) and the average daily intake (ADI) of children and pregnant and lactating women.
If they receive adequate nutrition during this period, stunting in children under the age of five can be reduced by 40%. The overall objective of the project is to improve the nutritional and early childhood development outcomes of children in India. The early learning component of the ICDS is an important contribution to providing a solid foundation for cumulative lifelong learning and development. All children under 6 years of age, pregnant women and nursing mothers are eligible to use ICDS Program services.
In addition, the trusts have ensured that the environment is healthy and joyful for mothers and children. The Programme aims to benefit children under six years of age, pregnant and lactating women of reproductive age (15-45 years). Improve the mother's ability to meet the child's normal health and nutritional needs through adequate nutrition and health education. In recent years, the implementation of the programme has had a positive impact on 3,000,000 women and children in Andhra Pradesh.