Lesson 13 : Role of National Agencies in Combating Malnutrition
National Nutrition Monitoring Bureau (NNMB)
Monitoring of the nutritional status of population, is an important aspect of any nutrition intervention programme to assess the massive inputs and to determine the direction in which the community nutrition is progressing, so as to initiate appropriate corrective actions. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), established National Nutrition Monitoring Bureau (NNMB) in the year 1972, with a Central Reference Laboratory (CRL) at the National Institute Of Nutrition, Hyderabad.
The objectives of NNMB are
To collect data on dietary intakes and nutritional status of the population on a continuous basis.
In addition to coordinating the activities of the State units, CRL is also responsible for sampling, training, supervision and analysis of the data collected periodically. Linkages with the National Sample Survey Organization have also been forged. At present there are 10 units of NNMB in different states of India i.e. Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Orissa, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.