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Im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Pak­istan Mul­tiSec­toral Nutri­tion Strat­egy and Pro­vin­cial Multi-Sec­toral Nutri­tion Strate­gies was dis­cussed at a round­table ses­sion hosted in Is­lam­abad by SUN Sec­re­tar­iat, Pak­istan in col­lab­o­ra­tion with SUN Civil So­ci­ety Al­liance (CSA) and Nutri­tion In­ter­na­tional.

Dr. Naseer Muham­mad Niza­mani, Coun­try Di­rec­tor, Nutri­tion In­ter­na­tional spoke on the achieve­ments of Civil So­ci­ety Al­liance and the role it has played for im­ple­men­ta­tion of pro­vin­cial multi-sec­toral nutri­tion strate­gies and nutri­tion spe­cific leg­is­la­tion.

Dr. Azeem Khan, Mem­ber Food Se­cu­rity and Cli­mate Change, Plan­ning Com­mis­sion, said he was happy that the im­por­tance of mal­nu­tri­tion was be­ing rec­og­nized. Mr. Muham­mad As­lam Sha­heen, Chief of Nutri­tion at the Plan­ning Com­mis­sion spoke on the salient fea­tures of the Pak­istan Mul­tiSec­toral Nutri­tion Strat­egy.

The Pro­vin­cial SUN Fo­cal per­sons from Pun­jab, Sindh, Khy­ber Pakhtunkhawa, Balochistan, FATA, GB and AJK pro­vided up­dates about the im­ple­men­ta­tion sta­tus of the Multi-Sec­toral Nutri­tion Strate­gies and spoke of the chal­lenges and fu­ture di­rec­tions.

Dr. Baseer Achakzai, Di­rec­tor Nutri­tion, MoNHSR&C, said Pak­istan has in­vested many re­sources in nutri­tion. He said there was in­creas­ing fo­cus on ig­nored and vul­ner­a­ble ar­eas such as FATA, and Azad Jammu and Kash­mir.

Ms. Samia Li­aquat Ali Khan from the Pak­istan Poverty Alle­vi­a­tion Fund (PPAF) as­sured all stake­hold­ers of the con­tin­ued and proac­tive role of SUNCSA, Pak. She said that CSA will be closely co­or­di­nat­ing with the gov­ern­ment and other SUN Net­works.

Bar­ris­ter Syed Za­far Ali Shah ap­pre­ci­ated SUNCSA for ini­ti­at­ing a de­bate on im­ple­men­ta­tion of multi-sec­toral nutri­tion strate­gies.

Shoaib Ah­mad Sid­diqui, Sec­re­tary, Min­istry of Plan­ning, De­vel­op­ment and Re­form, high­lighted the re­solve and com­mit­ment of the Pak­istan gov­ern­ment in ad­dress­ing mal­nu­tri­tion in the coun­try and said the prob­lem needed im­me­di­ate fo­cus at all lev­els.

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