May 31, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health has designated the month of June every year as the National Nutrition Month to promote better nutrition among the population.
Programs planned during the National Nutrition Month is aim to instill a change in the attitude of the people towards nutrition to upgrade their nutritional standards.
According to health authorities despite good health indicators at national level, which stand out in comparison to Sri Lanka's South Asian neighbors maternal and child undernourishment continues to be a major challenge in the country.
Additionally, significant health and nutrition inequalities still exist across the country among geographic areas and socio-economic groups. Most vulnerable areas, in terms of maternal and child health and nutrition indicators, are districts with the highest proportion of the population working on plantations (estate sector), in rural as well as conflict-affected districts.
Hence the need to formulate programs to reduce these disparities, the authorities point out.
Special programs are being planned to educate the people to improve their nutritional standards and create a conceptual change. It is intended to implement the programs within this National Nutrition Month at the National, Provincial, District and Medical Officer of Health Divisional level.
Special attention will be focused on the nutritional level of mothers and children.