USAID, Sindh Govt join hands to fight malnutrition

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KARACHI: USAID’s Sindh Community Mobilization Program (CMP) and Health Department Sindh have signed an agreement to address issues related to malnutrition in CMP Schools in seven northern districts and five towns in Karachi of the Sindh province.

The USAID, Deputy Mission Director, Denise A Herbol, Secretary Health Dr Fazlullah Pechuho and Secretary Education Abdul Aziz Uqaili witnessed the signing of a partnership agreement between the USAID Sindh Community Mobilization Program (CMP) and the Sindh Health Department. The effort will support nutrition-related activities for children aged 5-9 in CMP schools.

“Education plays vital role in improving children’s health and nutrition,” said USAID Deputy Mission Director Ms. Herbol. “We believe a comprehensive strategy is required to address issues related to malnutrition, especially among affected children in Sindh,” she said.

As part of the USAID-funded Sindh Basic Education Program (SBEP) – in partnership with the Sindh School Education Department – CMP is creating linkages between schools and the health facilities to address issues of malnutrition. The CMP also screens children and creates awareness among parents regarding benefits of improved nutrition.

Malnutrition affects children’s ability to learn. In Sindh, the situation is most severe in districts affected by floods in 2010.

Secretary Health and Secretary Education also stressed the need to make joint efforts to fight malnutrition in Sindh.

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