Coordination of Multisector Nutrition in Pakistan and an Emerging Framework in Perspective of the MDGs – The Need for National and International Measures

Iftikhar Alam1*,  Safia Begum2 , Atta Ullah Jan3

1Human Nutrition and Dietetics, Department of Agriculture, Bacha Khan University Charsadda, KPK, Pakistan. 2Nutrition Education, Awareness, and Training (NEAT), Cooperative Society, Charsadda, Pakistan. 3Department of Human Nutrition, Agriculture University Peshawar, KPK, Pakistan

*Correspondence Email Address: iftikharalam@aup.edu.pk; iftikharalam@bkuc.edu.pk

ABSTRACT

Child and maternal nutrition go side by side. Any policy to tackle this widespread issue must consider both of them at the same time. Interventions that isolate them from each other will never be successful in getting their targets. Pakistan is one of the SUN countries and, therefore, there is definitely a need for choosing nutrition strategies relevant in Pakistani context. Experiences from other countries, like multisectoral actions with emphasis on service-oriented nutrition policies (Indonesia) or mobilization-oriented nutrition policies should lead Pakistan towards innovative nutritional strategies in order to reduce under 5 undernutrition in the country – that too on a fast track. Pakistan needs to bolster efforts to achieve the ambitious health goals set under the SDGs, which it can by confronting some immediate challenges. In the present paper, we present the issue of child nutrition and the role of multisectoral approach for its prevention and eradication.

Keywords: MDGs, Pakistan, child malnutrition, multisector approach, SDGs

Citation: Iftikhar Alam, Safia Begum, Atta Ullah Jan. Coordination of Multisector Nutrition in Pakistan and an Emerging Framework in Perspective of the MDGs – The Need for National and International Measures. Canadian Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2022; 10 (2): 101-107.

DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.14206/canad.j.clin.nutr.2022.02.07

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