ISLAMABAD : Children suffering from malnutrition given mineral enriched food :

As much as 340 tonnes of vitamin and mineral food enriched is being provided jointly by the governments of the United States and Pakistan to children/students suffering from severe acute malnutrition.

Being provided through the US Agency for International Development [USAID], the fortified food project is being implemented by UNICEF in partnership with the government's nutrition and health departments and civil society organisations, a US embassy press release said on Thursday.

According to the National Nutrition Survey jointly published by the government and the United Nation's Children's Fund [UNICEF] in 2018, more than 40% of Pakistan's children under the age of five suffer from long-term health problems because of severe malnutrition.

Most of these malnourished children live in Pakistan's rural areas.

As part of its long-standing partnership with Pakistan, the United States government is committed to improving the food and nutrition security for Pakistanis.

Since 2009, USAID has contributed more than $800 million to Pakistan's food and nutrition efforts.

''We commend the government's efforts to include improved nutrition at the core of its development agenda,'' said USAID Pakistan Mission Director Julie Koenan. 

''We are proud to contribute to maintaining the availability of nutritious food for Pakistani children in need despite the operational challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic,'' she said.

Julie Koenan stated that ''good nutrition is key to the health and development of young Pakistanis, and a healthy population is critical to Pakistan's overall economic growth''.

The collaboration also helps support  Pakistan's national nutritional 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 World Students Society thanks author, Amin Ahmed.


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