National Vitamin A Plus Campaign (NVAC+) 2020

A two-week National Vitamin A Plus campaign was started on October 4, aiming to provide blue coloured vitamin A capsules to 2.53 million children aged between 6 to 11 months and red coloured high-power capsules to 19.5 million children aged between 12 to 59 months. The campaign was continued till October 17 at 120,000 permanent centres in rural and urban areas across the country from 8 am to 4 pm. Honourable Minister of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) Zahid Maleque, MP inaugurated the campaign at Dhaka Shishu Hospital, Sher-e-Bangla Nagar, Dhaka. Total 21.51 million children have been reached throughout the campaign. To monitor the campaign nationwide mobile-based Real-time monitoring and Reporting was used by overall 1450 monitors in different centres nationwide. Daily supplementation performance was also reported through an online system and low performing districts and upzilas were followed up. To contain the spread of Covid-19, the campaign was held at different centres on different dates. The dates for specific areas were announced locally with three-days advance. Workers involved in the campaign were given surgical masks and they had to follow at least 3ft of social/physical distance and health hygiene rules. Currently 4 days searching activities is going on in the hard to reach areas (242 unions under 46 upazilas) to provide vitamin A capsules to the missing children.