The right nutrient at the right time is essential for child development and growth. Malnutrition is a serious threat to children’s health and nearly 10 million children suffer from Chronic Malnutrition in Pakistan. Poor diet and nutrients stunt their growth and development. Poor nutrition also has impacts on health, education, and wellbeing through generations. The situation is quite dire in Pakistan, with chronic malnutrition and wasting heavily prevalent in the country.
10M Children Suffer from Chronic Malnutrition in Pakistan.
In Pakistan, the situation is quite dreadful, with chronic malnutrition. It’s not only about diet quality and quantity of diet, poor nutrients, lack of medical facilities and health awareness, during the pregnancy periods of mothers is the main reason for this. Another underlining fact for child chronic disease is poverty and food insecurity along with unaffordable and accessible medical facilities. Recently it has claimed that 43.7 percent of children under five are stunted, 15.1 percent are wasted and 31.5 percent are underweight. For the first six months of life, only 38% of kids are strictly breastfed. As a result, vitamin A is deficient is found more than half of children under the age of five, zinc and vitamin D are deficient in 40%, and almost 62% are anemic.
The right nutrient at the right time is essential for child development and growth. In Pakistan, Four out of 10 kids suffer from malnutrition. Poor diet and nutrients stunt their growth and development. Poor nutrition also has impacts on health, education, and wellbeing through generations.
The situation is quite dire in Pakistan, with stunting and wasting heavily prevalent in the country. Stunting does not only mean that a child is not having a proper diet. It is also about the overall quantity and quality of diet besides other factors. Inadequate nutrition among mothers during pregnancy and nursing is one of the main reasons for malnutrition among young children leading to stunting. A prominent factor underlying maternal and child under-nutrition is widespread poverty and food insecurity.
In Pakistan, there is an obvious need to improve the nutritional status of both children and women to improve the stunting and malnutrition among children. In this regard, efforts to strengthen infant and young child feeding practices are key, for example by promoting breastfeeding, ensuring a minimally acceptable diet, preventing and addressing micronutrient deficiencies among both children and women. Equally essential is the need to focus on better health outcomes by culminating preventable deaths among mothers, newborns, infants and children, while improving generalized immunization for both children and women.
A focus on the quality of diet is essential to preventing stunting. Alternative learning environments and non-formal basic education have been proven fruitful. Raising the quality of training and awareness among people about family planning and child feeding practices are a must. Further promoting breastfeeding can ensure a balanced healthy diet. Proper access to healthcare is equally essential and should be an area of main focus.
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