JSPL Foundation’s Kishori Express moves to Haryana for Anaemia control in Girls

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NF Bureau:  After huge success in Chhendipada, Banarpal and Angul block of Angul district in Odisha, Kishori Express, the flagship programme of JSPL Foundation for controlling adolescent anaemia among girls has been flagged off today at Nuh district of Haryana by Union Steel Minister Chaudhary Birendra Singh.

Inaugurating the programme today at Indri Panchayat Village, Union Minister Singh thanked JSPL and JSPL Foundation for replicating this successful programme in Nuh District. On the occasion, Joint Secretary (Steel) Shri Puneet Kanshal, Nuh’s District Collector Pankaj Kumar, Nandita Bakshi, JSPL’s Jt Managing Director NA Ansari, Group Head (CSR & Sustainability) Prashant Kumar Hota, Puspa Satapathy of JSPL and other senior government functionaries were present on the occasion.

In Haryana, the Kishori express will cover Punhana revenue block of Nuh district. It will focus upon the Adolescent girls in each village and will operate in close collaboration with District Administration / ICDS / CDMO district.

Speaking on the occasion, JSPL’s Jt. Managing Director NA Ansari said, “Kishori Express is one such Project of JSPL Foundation’s Holistic Women empowerment Programme  where we have targeted the health care and  personal hygiene of the adolescent girls. We are hopeful that this will achieve same kind of success that it achieved in Odisha”. He thanked Union Steel Minister and district administration of Nuh for launching this programme in Haryana.

In September 2017, the District Social Welfare Office, Angul approved to run the Kishori Express programme in Angul ICDS with appreciation that ‘severely anaemia among adolescent girls has decreased to the optimum level at Chhendipada ICDS’. Last year the programme was extended to Angul block of the district. Presently Kishori Express covers 528 villages in which more than 54,000 girls are being regularly screened, counselled and treated. Among them, more than 90 % girls have retained their normal haemoglobin level after more than one year of intervention.

JSPL Foundation’s Co-Chairperson Shallu Jindal said “Kishori Express is one of the JSPL Foundation’s flagship programme and has a focused mission to eradicate anaemia in adolescent girls in the geography of its operation. I am sure that our Foundation Team will work with same passion and zeal to replicate Odisha experience in Haryana and fully succeed to remove anaemia in adolescent girls in its area of operation in Nuh district and there by ensure a healthy tomorrow for them.   

JSPL’s Group Head (CSR & Sustainability) Prashant Hota said, “Kishori Express succeeded in Angul for convergence collaboration of JSPL foundation with district administration. We shall strive to have similar model in Nuh district”.

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