Save the Children launched Lancet Series on Maternal and Child Nutrition in Pakistan

Save the Children in collaboration with Agha Khan University launched the Lancet Series on Maternal and Child Nutrition in Pakistan. Lancet is a pioneer medical research journal which focuses on health issues. The launch ceremony was well attended by representatives of the UN agencies, donors, academia, media and civil society.

SaveTheChildren-LancetSeries-Maternal-ChildNutritionOne of the leading global experts on nutrition and a lead author of the series Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta from Agha Khan University presented the key finding of the four papers launched on maternal and child nutrition. He observed that if we want to address issues of malnutrition we would need long term sustained initiatives. He called upon for a collective societal approach, whereby all segments of society such as media, government, civil society and public work in collaboration to provide an enabling environment which puts the issue of malnutrition at the center stage. He further observed that Pakistan has made insufficient investments in nutrition sensitive interventions that are critical to produce policy change and impact.

Mr. Dan Rohrmann, Country Representative UNICEF briefed the audience regarding the Status of Nutrition in Pakistan.

President and CEO of Save the Children US, Ms Carolyn Miles noted that the national and international momentum to address human nutrition and related food security and health needs has never been higher but we have to seize this opportunity and take concrete actions. Carolyn Miles reaffirmed Save the Children’s commitment to the cause of addressing malnutrition and assured that Save the Children will remain a frontline ally for responding to nutrition issues in Pakistan.

Mr. Aslam Shaheen, Chief Nutrition, Planning Commission of Pakistan lauded the efforts of Save the Children in launching the Lancet Series in Pakistan and observed, that the guidelines highlighted in the lancet paper will build into the Vision 2025 and government’s 5 year development plan.

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