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Majority of children in Pakistan are “malnutritioned,” recent Global Nutrition report says


Malnutritioned children in Pakistan

A Global Nutrition report counts Pakistan among 20 countries which met only one of the five World Health Assembly targets on nutrition.

According to this report, Kenya is the only country which has met all five of these nutrition goals, while Colombia, Ghana, Vanuatu and Vietnam, managed to meet four of the five goals. The report harbours claims that Pakistan, Bangladesh, the Democratic Republic of Con­go, Ethiopia and Nigeria, have only a marginal population of children who are growing healthily.

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Lawrence Haddad, lead author of the study said, “When one among three of us is held back, we as families, communities and nations cannot move forward. This not only jeopardises the lives of those who are malnourished but also affects the larger framework for economic growth and sustainable development. Simply put: people cannot get anywhere near their full potential without first overcoming malnutrition.” Lawrence Haddad is a senior research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute.

The Global Nutrition report is scheduled to be released on September 22 in New York City. Further this report points put that “one in three members of the global population is malnourished and the problem exists in every country.” Nutrition is essentially either a driver of change or a barrier to progress, claimed the report. The report further advised that the leaders of all countries should take effective and practical actions to terminate malnutrition.

Moreover, this report lays emphasis on the significant link between climate change and malnutrition as suggestions were being made that the changing weather conditions are apparently complicating global efforts to end malnutrition.

“Even small and seasonal fluctuations in climate can have big impacts on food availability and disease patterns, and these in turn dramatically affect children’s survival and development.”