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Ongoing Nutrition Activities in Pakistan

1. National Nutrition Programmes/Projects
2. Organizations working on Health & Nutrition
   a. National Organizations
   b. International Organizations
   c. Educational Institutions
   d. NGO's


National Nutrition Programmes/Projects
1. Tawana Pakistan

Programme Description

  • Tawana Pakistan is an indigenous direct intervention designed to improve nutritional /health and educational status of girls in 29 high poverty districts through providing freshly cooked meal, supplementation and deworming medicine and rising awareness in the community about better health, hygiene and value of education for the girl child.

Objectives

  • Amelioration of malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies with a view to arrest stunting and wasting to Girl Child
  • Increase in school enrollment and reduce drop out rates
  • Creation of awareness of better living concepts in the community on public health/hygiene, education and status of women/girls.
  • Promote local capacity building through close involvement of local councilors and district governments.

2. National Programme for FP and PHC/ The LHW Programme

Programme Description

  • Grass root level system for Family Planning (FP) and Primary Health Care (PHC)
  • Community participation and involvement in health care through creating awareness, changing behavior and attitudes and mobilizing support for community involvement
  • Lady Health Workers (LHW) provide nutrition education and iron-folate supplementation

Objectives

  • Universal health coverage in ten years
  • Improve health indicators of child and maternal health
  • Enhance community participation

3. Bait-ul-Mal’s Food Support Programme

Programme Description

  • Cash subsidies of Rs. 2000/yr in biannual installments to poor

Objectives

  • Poverty alleviation by providing social safety net for poor
  • Providing basic nutritional requirement
  • Meet basic nutritional requirements of the poor

4. Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority

Programme Description

  • Central Testing Laboratory

Objectives

  • Provision of Standardization and Quality Control
  • Testing and assessment of material products to establish quality grade and composition with reference to national or international standard specifications of quality for items in various fields

National Organizations

1. Ministry of Health: Nutrition Wing

Programme Description

  • National Nutrition Programme
  • USI/ IDD Prevention Programme
  • Vitamin A supplementation Programme
  • World Food programme
  • CBNP/Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) Programme
  • Nutrition Rehabilitation Unit (NRU) programme in NWFP
  • Nutrition Support Programme in Sindh
  • National food fortification programme

Objectives

  • Improvement of Nutrition through Primary Health Care (PHC) and Nutrition Education/ Public awareness
  • Reduce IDD and VAD in all age groups by 10% in 2001-02 and virtually eliminate by 2003.
  • Improve govt. capacity to implement IDD and VAD at National level
  • Reduce incidence of LBW by 10%
  • Improve health of women and children by promotion of safe motherhood
  • Ensure 30% mothers to exclusively breast feed children for 4-6 months in target areas
  • Nutrition Rehabilitation of malnourished children
  • Assessment, prevention and dietary management of mothers and children under 3 years
  • Food fortification in collaboration with Gain and MI
  • Media campaign and social mobilization

2. Nutrition Section, Planning and Development Division, Government of Pakistan

Programme Description

  • Universal Salt Iodization Programme
  • IDD Workshop
  • Research, Publications, Literature
  • Micronutrient fortification in collaboration with MI

Objectives

  • 60% coverage of USI in some provinces
  • Virtually eliminate IDD
  • Conduct workshop around the country
  • Conduct applied research, surveys and publish literature regarding Nutrition
  • Fortification of wheat flour with iron

3. National Institute of Health (NIH), Islamabad

Programme Description

  • Applied Research
  • Laboratory Services
  • IDD control Programmes in AJK, Northern Areas and Parts of NWFP

Objectives

  • Conduct applied research in field of nutrition
  • Nutrition education
  • Physical, chemical and microbiological analysis
  • Work as food and water testing
  • Testing of iodized salt

     

International Organizations

1. World Health Organization (WHO)

Programme Description

  • Reduction of PEM by 10% in high reported districts of Pakistan in a 2 year period

Objectives

  • To review the existing training materials on PEM in Pakistan.
  • To develop standard manual for training of district trainers
  • To develop a supervisory checklist and growth monitoring tool for malnourished children
  • To facilitate workshops and assist the authorities for preparation of a action plan for reduction of PEM
  • To prepare a final report of activities carried out in the districts and follow up actions

2. Micronutrient Initiative (MI)

Programme Description

  • Focus on wheat flour, oil, sugar and milk and complementary food fortification
  • Supplementation and testing of important innovations that show promise to effectively address micronutrient deficiencies
  • Vitamin A supplementation and salt iodization

Objectives

  • Virtual elimination of IDD
  • Virtual elimination of VAD and its consequences, including blindness
  • Reduction of iron deficiency anemia
  • Measure impact of iron fortification in atta flour and bread
  • Planning and legislation of oil/ ghee fortification with Vitamin A
  • Supplement children under 5 with NIDs and SNIDs

3. UNICEF

Programme Description

  • Prevention and control of Iron deficiency anemia, Vitamin A deficiency and IDD
  • Food fortification of Vitamin A and Iron
  • Mother and child health and nutrition
  • BFHI programmes
  • Prevention and control of HIV/AIDS programme

Objectives

  • Mobilize communities for safe motherhood at the household level.
  • Advocate for implementation of breast feeding ordinance and formulating effective iodine deficiency disorders policy
  • Support Vitamin A supplementation through routine expanded programme on immunization and advocacy for a campaign to reduce IDD, support food fortification of Vitamin A and iron, and disseminate the National Nutrition Survey.
  • Strengthen linkages with health sector for prevention of HIV/ AIDS

4. Save the Children Fund

Save the Children started working in Pakistan in 1985. Currently, the Pakistan Field Office implements two programs in Pakistan: the Pakistan program for Pakistani beneficiaries and the Afghan refugee program for Afghan refugees who have not been able to repatriate to Afghanistan because of ethnic or economic constraints.

Programme Description

  • Reproductive health care and awareness in Haripur District of North-West Frontier province
  • Primary health care programmes in Haripur and Ghazi refugee villages
  • Saving Newborn lives initiative (SNL)

Objectives

  • Focus on the reproductive health issues of safe motherhood, birth spacing and management and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases/ reproductive tract infections.
  • Elimination of maternal neonatal tetanus in 61 districts throughout Pakistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir through national Saving Newborn Lives Initiative (SNL)
  • Promotion of well being of children, families and communities by reducing morbidity and mortality rates, preventing and managing communicable diseases, promoting good health and protective behaviors
  • Promotion of awareness and acceptance of preventive health strategies within the refugee community.



Educational Institutes Imparting Nutrition Education And Research

1. Department of Preventive Peadiatrics, KEMC, Punjab

Programme Description

  • Breast feeding and weaning education and promotion, Lactation Management Programme and BFHI
  • Nutritional Rehabilitation

Objectives

  • Breast feeding promotion and curriculum development
  • Research in areas of breast feeding, diarrhea, child nutrition and Vitamin A
  • Seminars and workshops for awareness

2. Faisalabad Agricultural University, Punjab

Programme Description

  • Food safety and Nutrition

Objectives

  • Developing technology for safe, wholesome and nutritious foods
  • Developing neutraceautical foods for special people
  • Assist food industry to develop and implement quality assurance system to meet business objectives

3. Department of Human Nutrition, NWFP Agriculture University

Programme Description

  • Courses, research and intervention programmes

Objectives

  • Activities include broad-based research and intervention programmes in relation to nutrition
  • Micronutrient malnutrition, research through assessment, intervention and prevention

4. Pakistan Institute of Community Ophthalmology (PICO), NWFP

Programme Description

  • Teaching and training
  • Research and development
  • Service delivery of comprehensive eye care

Objectives

  • Research to evaluate Vitamin A deficiency in communities

5. Nuclear Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), NWFP

Programme Description

  • Teaching and research in food science
  • Subsection of food science are food technology, food chemistry and radiation chemistry, Nutrition and Microbiology

Objectives

  • Research conducted in areas of micronutrients, protein and energy nutrition, diets and analysis and protein supplementation

6. Agha Khan University, Sindh

Programme Description

  • Department of pediatrics

Objectives

  • Conduct research in area of Maternal and Child Nutrition
  • Teaching and research


7. Department of Pediatrics, Unit 1, Civil Hospital, Karachi

Programme Description

  • Nutrition Support Programme

Objectives

  • A primary health care education programme focusing on mother and child nutrition


8. Department of Home and Health Sciences, AIOU, Islamabad

Programme Description

  • Courses, research and intervention programmes

Objectives

  • To prepare learners for the career related disciplines considering the professional interests of individuals in the areas of Health, Food Science, Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Research related to nutrition, food science and Dietetics to inculcate nutrition consciousness at national level in order to get some significant impact on the present nutrition scenario in Pakistan.

9. Home Economics Colleges (at Provisional level)

Programme Description

  • Courses and research programmes

Objectives

  • Teaching from the basics till post graduate level
  • Research based activities related to nutrition and food science

 

Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO's)

1. Society for the Protection of the Rights of Child (SPARC), Islamabad

An independent NGO founded in 1992 working on child related issues, drawing inspiration from the Convention of The Rights of Child

Programme Description

  • Focus on protecting breastfeeding against marketing of baby milk and foods

Objectives

  • Advocating the national legislation implementation the International Code of Marketing of Breast Milk substitutes
  • Reduce infant mortality
  • Promote right of women to full support for successful breastfeeding and for sound infant feeding practices
  • Advance right of health workers and consumers of hospitals to be free from commercial pressure

2. Society for the Advancement of Community, Health, Education and Training (SACHET) Islamabad

Programme Description

  • Nutrition Initiative Project

Objectives

  • Promoting health and nutrition care and education among target population
  • Establish health promoting schools designed to improve health and nutrition of children
  • Train teachers to use diet charts and nutrition material and educate students on nutritional needs and hygiene

3. Punjab Lok Sujag

A civic society NGO with interest in public health.

Programme Description

  • Iodine deficiency alleviation initiative in Depalpur through innovative and effective communication strategies using theatre and puppet shows
  • Breast feeding promotion and struggle against Baby food formula project

Objectives

  • Motivating voluntary involvement of local individuals and communities in increasing the iodized salt usage
  • Increase awareness on infant formula feeds

4. Jahandad Society for Community Development (JSCD), Punjab

A community development NGO aiming to bring a positive change in health, education, and socio-economic status of underprivileged.

Programme Description

  • Elimination of IDD in district Chakwal

Objectives

  • Mobilization and capacity building of leaders and concerned group.
  • Train core master trainers, salt processors, suppliers for community IDD project
  • Organize seminars and campaign in communities and schools


5. Oxfam NGO, Balochistan

Programme Description

  • Nutritional Survey in Chagai District, Balochistan, August 2002

Objectives

  • Conduct Nutritional Survey in Chagai District, Balochistan
  • Assess level of malnutrition in Chagai district
  • Gather information on Breast Feeding, anemia, food insecurity, diarrhea incidence and measles and Vitamin A supplementation coverage rate

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