What is the full form of ICDS
ICDS: Integrated Child Development Services
ICDS stands for Integrated Child Development Services. It is a popular flagship program of the Govt. of India for all-round development of children. It aims to provide food, preschool education, basic healthcare like immunization, health check-up, and referral services to children under the age of 6 and their mothers.
It is an integrated package of services for the holistic development of the child. This program was introduced in 1975, but discontinued in 1978 and then re-introduced by the Tenth Five Year Plan. The beneficiaries of this program include children in the age group of 0 to 6, pregnant women and lactating mothers.
Objectives of ICDS:
Services under ICDS:
The ICDS scheme offers the following services:
These services are available at local ICDS centre called Anganwadi, run by Anganwadi workers, the community-based women which are paid for their work. These women are assisted by medical officers, Auxiliary Nurse Midwives (ANM), and Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) to provide immunization, ante-natal, and post-natal care. However, the Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD) monitors the ICDS scheme.