US, Pak­istan join hands pro­vid­ing for­ti­fied food to mal­nour­ished chil­dren

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IS­LAM­ABAD: The gov­ern­ments of Pak­istan and the United States, through the USAID are de­liv­er­ing 340 met­ric tons of vi­ta­min and min­eralen­riched food for Pak­istani chil­dren who are suf­fer­ing from se­vere acute mal­nu­tri­tion, US’s em­bassy said here on Thurs­day.

Ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Nutri­tion Sur­vey jointly pub­lished by the Gov­ern­ment of Pak­istan and the United Na­tions Chil­dren’s Fund (UNICEF) in 2018, more than 40 per­cent of Pak­istani chil­dren un­der the age of five suf­fer long-term health prob­lems be­cause of se­vere mal­nu­tri­tion. Most of these mal­nour­ished chil­dren live in Pak­istan's ru­ral ar­eas.

“We com­mend the Gov­ern­ment of Pak­istan’s ef­forts to in­clude im­proved nutri­tion at the core of its devel­op­ment agenda,” USAID/Pak­istan Mis­sion Direc­tor Julie Koe­nen, said adding they are proud to con­trib­ute to main­tain­ing the avail­ably of nu­tri­tious food to Pak­istani chil­dren in need de­spite the op­er­a­tional chal­lenges of the COVID-19 pan­demic.

Good nutri­tion is key to the health and devel­op­ment of young Pak­ista­nis, and a healthy pop­u­la­tion is crit­i­cal to Pak­istan’s over­all eco­nomic growth.”

This col­lab­o­ra­tion also helps sup­port Pak­istan’s na­tional nutri­tion pol­icy frame­work and in­creases the ca­pac­ity of the health sys­tem and civil so­ci­ety to en­sure treat­ment of more than 24,500 chil­dren suf­fer­ing from se­vere acute mal­nu­tri­tion.

The for­ti­fied food pro­ject is be­ing im­ple­mented by UNICEF in part­ner­ship with the Gov­ern­ment of Pak­istan’s nutri­tion and health de­part­ments and civil so­ci­ety or­ga­ni­za­tions.

As part of its long­stand­ing part­ner­ship with Pak­istan, the United States Gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted to im­prov­ing food and nutri­tion se­cu­rity for Pak­ista­nis. Since 2009, USAID has con­trib­uted more than $800 mil­lion to Pak­istan’s food and nutri­tion ef­forts.

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