ISLAMABAD: The government plans to establish 48 nutrition centres under its Ehsaas programme to overcome common health problems like stunting, underweight and overweight in children under five years of age, especially in under-developed and poor areas of the country.
Under this programme, nutrition/health services and conditional cash transfers will be made available to mothers and children. In the beginning, these centres will be set up in 13 districts.
This was decided at a meeting of the Ehsaas Nashonuma (nutrition) Steering Committee presided over by Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Social Protection and Poverty Alleviation Dr Sania Nishtar here on Monday.
The meeting was informed that the programme was being implemented in partnership with the World Food Programme and provincial governments. The participants of the meeting discussed issues related to coordination between the parties which will implement the programme and how to effectively address the issue of undergrowth and malnutrition in the country.
The meeting was informed that it is a three-year programme which delivers conditional cash transfers to vulnerable pregnant women, mothers and children under five and provide them specialised nutritious food, immunisations and health-awareness sessions.
Representatives from the federal and provincial ministries, Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office, World Bank, World Food Programme, World Health Organisation, Asian Development Bank and Unicef attended the meeting. Nutrition under the Ehsaas programme aims to support multi-sectoral strategies through poor-friendly programmes by targeting mothers and children.
Published in Dawn, January 12th, 2021