نوائے وقت : خوراک کی کمی کے مسئلے کو اجاگر کرنے کے لیے میڈیا کا کردار اہم ہے

اسلام آباد(نامہ نگار)پاکستان آسٹریلیا کے قائمقام ہائی کمشنر یورک یوشک نے کہا ہے کہ صحافیوں اور پالیسی سازوں کو غذائیت اور پوشیدہ بھوکجیسے مسائل پر مل کر کام کرنا ہو گا،ان خیالات کا اظہارانہوں نے غیر سرکاری تنظیم ”مشعل“کے زیر اہتمام آسٹریلین ہائی کمیشن کے تعاون سے” پاکستان میں پوشیدہ بھوک اور غذائی ضرورےات “کے موضوع پر سےمےنارسے خطاب کرتے ہوئے کیا، سیمینار میں صحافی برادری، سول سوسائٹی اور مختلف جامعات سے اساتذہ اور طلبہ نے شرکت کی۔قائمقام آسٹریلین ہائی کمشنریورک یوشک نے کہا کہ آسٹریلین حکومت پاکستان بھر میں 100صحافیوں کو غذائی قلت کے حوالے سے ٹریننگ دی رہی ہے تاکہ خوراک کی کمی خاص طور پر پوشیدہ بھوک کے مسئلے کو حل کیا جا سکے۔ خوراک کی کمی کے مسئلے کو اجاگر کرنے کے لیے میڈیا کا کردار اہم ہے ۔انہوں نے کہا آسٹریلیا حکومت پاکستان اور دوسرے شراکت داروں کے ساتھ مل کر خوراک کی کمی کے مسئلے کو حل کرنے کے لیے کام کر رہا ہے اور اس حوالے سے 30ہزار ڈالر خرچ کر چکا ہے اس کے ساتھ ساتھ نیوٹریشن کے شعبے میں تحقیق کے لیے بھی تعاون کر رہے ہیںعوام میں آگاہی مہم کے لیے سوشل میڈیا پر ”گلوبل فوڈ چیلنج “ کے نام سے پروگرام کا آغاز کیا ہے۔۔بین الاقوامی اسلامی یونیورسٹی کے شعبہ ابلاغیات کے چیئرمین ڈاکٹر ظفر اقبال نے کہا کہ پاکستان میں 24 فی صدلوگ پوشےدہ بھوک کا شکار ہیں جبکہ 42فی صدآئرن اور 62فی صدلوگ ایﺅڈین کی کمی کا شکار ہیں ۔سی ای او مشعل پاکستان، عامر جہانگیر نے مزید بتایا کے اس پروگرام کے تحت 60سے زےادہ پارلیمینٹےرینز اور 135سے زائد صحافےوں کو تربےت دی جائے گی۔

Business Recorder: Australia supporting Mishal Pakistan to deliver series of workshops

The Australian government is supporting Mishal Pakistan to deliver a series of workshops across Pakistan to build the capacity of more than 100 journalists to report on Pakistan’s nutrition crisis.

Acting Australian High Commissioner, Jurek Juszczyk, who attended the closing ceremony of the Islamabad workshop Friday, said the role of media in creating awareness of malnutrition in Pakistan was critical, according to a press release issued here on Friday.

“The media can advocate for concrete measures and create a clear vision for Pakistan free from malnutrition,” Juszczyk said. Pakistan is facing a malnutrition crisis with 44 per cent of the population stunted. In economic terms, malnutrition costs Pakistan more than three per cent of its GDP annually, which equates to 7.6 billion USD.

The Eliminating Hidden Hunger workshops are designed to better equip media professionals and journalists to report on Pakistan’s malnutrition crisis. Workshops have already been held in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, Punjab and Sindh. In addition to journalists, more than 60 parliamentarians and members of the federal and provincial standing committees on food security, health and agriculture have attended the workshops.

A senior journalist from Islamabad, Shahid Qureshi who attended the workshop said, “Through this initiative, media will be empowered to generate knowledge-based reporting on health-economics issues which will result in awareness among public spheres and increase accountability of policy-makers.”-PR

Source: http://fp.brecorder.com/2017/08/20170812208052/

Daily Times: Malnutrition costs govt $7.6bn; 44% of total population stunted

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is facing a malnutrition crisis with 44 per cent of the population stunted and in economic terms, malnutrition costs Pakistan more than three per cent of its GDP annually, which equates to $7.6 billion.

Acting Australian High Commissioner Jurek Juszczyk expressed these views while attending the closing ceremony of a workshop on capacity-building of journalists. He said that the Australian government was supporting Mishal Pakistan to deliver a series of workshops across Pakistan to build the capacity of more than 100 journalists to report on Pakistan’s nutrition crisis.

Juszczyk said that the role of media in creating awareness of malnutrition in Pakistan was critical. “The media can advocate for concrete measures and create a clear vision for Pakistan free from malnutrition,” Juszczyk said.

The Eliminating Hidden Hunger workshops were designed to better equip media professionals and journalists to report on Pakistan’s malnutrition crisis. Workshops have already been held in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, Punjab and Sindh. In addition to journalists, more than 60 parliamentarians and members of the federal and provincial standing committees on Food Security, Health and Agriculture have attended the workshops.

A senior journalist from Islamabad, Shahid Qureshi who attended the workshop said: “Through this initiative, media will be empowered to generate knowledge-based reporting on health-economics issues which will result in awareness among public spheres and increase accountability of policy-makers.” Nida Karim, Programme Specialist Eliminating Hidden Hunger at Mishal, said: “Today’s workshop focused on strengthening the delivery platforms for a better and fact-based coverage of malnutrition statistics in the media in Pakistan.”

Australia is a lead donor in improving nutrition outcomes in Pakistan and is investing AUD39 million in the World Bank’s Multi Donor Trust Fund for Nutrition, which supports the Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governments to scale-up and sustain an effective response to malnutrition.

In December last year, the Australian government partnered with Mishal for the 2016 AGAHI Awards for Journalists, which recognises the efforts of journalists in reporting on social, economic and development issues and celebrates the role of media as a vehicle to influence policy and decision-making. It was the first year the AGAHI Awards included an award category on ‘Eliminating Hidden Hunger and Malnutrition’.

Pakistan Point: Australian Govt For Eradication Of Malnutrition From Pakistan

Australian Government with the collaboration of `Mishal’ Pakistan intends to deliver a series of workshops under the name of “Hidden Hunger”

islamabad, (pakistan point news – 11th aug, 2017 ): australian government with the collaboration of `mishal’ pakistan intends to deliver a series of workshops under the name of “hidden hunger” across pakistan to build the capacity of more than 100 journalists to raise awareness about the country’s malnutrition problems. acting australian high commissioner, jurek juszczyk, who attended closing ceremony of the islamabad workshop friday, said the role of media in creating awareness of malnutrition in pakistan was critical.

“media can advocate for concrete measures and create a clear vision for pakistan free from malnutrition.” mr juszczyk said. he said that pakistan was facing a malnutrition crisis with 44 per cent of the population stunted, in economic terms malnutrition costs pakistan more than three per cent of its gdp annually, which, equates to usd7 6 billion. “australia is a lead donor in improving nutrition outcomes in pakistan and is investing 39 million aud in the world bank’s multi donor trust fund for nutrition which supports the baluchistan kpk governments to scale- up and sustains an effective response to malnutrition,” he added.

speaking on the occasion, professor and chairman department media and communications studies, international islamic university, dr. zafar iqbal said that 50% pakistani children under the age of 2 years suffer from malnutrition. he said that this syndrome not only halt the growth of mind but also stop the body from growing. “media can play the most significant role in creating the awareness about the malnutrition that can damage our coming generations,” he added.

the eliminating “hidden hunger” workshops are designed to better equip media personnel and journalists to report on pakistan’s malnutrition crisis. workshops have already been held inkhyber pakhtunkhwa, balochistan, punjab and sindh. besides journalists, more than 60 parliamentarians and members of the federal and provincial standing committees on food security, health and agriculture attended the workshops. talking to app, nida karim, program specialist eliminating hidden hunger at `mishal’ said today’s workshop focused on strengthening the delivery platforms for a better and fact-based coverage of malnutrition statistics in the media in pakistan.

“we hope it proves to be beneficial and attendees can play a significant role in spreading the message across the board,” she added. the team from nestle pakistan also briefed the journalists on the role , industry could play in helping overcome hidden hunger. nestle pakistan is committed to addressing key nutrition challenges being faced by our children in pakistan including malnutrition, stunting anemia, iron deficiency and obesity.

Source: https://www.pakistanpoint.com/en/pakistan/news/australian-govt-for-eradication-of-malnutriti-174178.html

The Balochistan Point: Australia and Mishal Pakistan Are Building The Capacity Of Media To Raise Awareness of Malnutrition

ISLAMABAD: The Australian Government is supporting Mishal Pakistan to deliver a series of workshops across Pakistan to build the capacity of more than 100 journalists to report on Pakistan’s nutrition crisis.

Acting Australian High Commissioner, Jurek Juszczyk, who attended the closing ceremony of the Islamabad workshop today, said the role of media in creating awareness of malnutrition in Pakistan was critical.

“The media can advocate for concrete measures and create a clear vision for Pakistan free from malnutrition,” Mr Juszczyk said.

Pakistan is facing a malnutrition crisis with 44 per cent of the population stunted. In economic terms, malnutrition costs Pakistan more than three per cent of its GDP annually, which equates to USD7.6 billion.

The Eliminating Hidden Hunger workshops are designed to better equip media professionals and journalists to report on Pakistan’s malnutrition crisis. Workshops have already been held in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, Punjab and Sindh. In addition to journalists, more than 60 parliamentarians and members of the federal and provincial standing committees on Food Security, Health and Agriculture have attended the workshops.

A senior journalist from Islamabad, Shahid Qureshi who attended the workshop said: “Through this initiative, media will be empowered to generate knowledge-based reporting on health-economics issues which will result in awareness among public spheres and increase accountability of policy-makers.”

Nida Karim, Program Specialist Eliminating Hidden Hunger at Mishal said: “Today’s workshop focused on strengthening the delivery platforms for a better and fact-based coverage of malnutrition statistics in the media in Pakistan.”
Australia is a lead donor in improving nutrition outcomes in Pakistan and is investing AUD39 million in the World Bank’s Multi Donor Trust Fund for Nutrition which supports the Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governments to scale-up and sustain an effective response to malnutrition.

In December last year, the Australian Government partnered with Mishal for the 2016 AGAHI Awards for Journalists, which recognise the efforts of journalists in reporting on social, economic and development issues and celebrates the role of media as a vehicle to influence policy and decision-making. It was the first year the AGAHI Awards included an award category on ‘Eliminating Hidden Hunger and Malnutrition’.

Source: http://thebalochistanpoint.com/australia-and-mishal-pakistan-are-building-the-capacity-of-media-to-raise-awareness-of-malnutrition/

APP: Australian Govt for eradication of malnutrition from Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Aug 11 (APP): Australian Government with the collaboration of `Mishal’ Pakistan intends to deliver a series of workshops under the name of “Hidden Hunger” across Pakistan to build the capacity of more than 100 journalists to raise awareness about the country’s malnutrition problems.

Acting Australian High Commissioner, Jurek Juszczyk, who attended closing ceremony of the Islamabad workshop Friday, said the role of media in creating awareness of malnutrition in Pakistan was critical.

“Media can advocate for concrete measures and create a clear vision for Pakistan free from malnutrition.” Mr Juszczyk said.

He said that Pakistan was facing a malnutrition crisis with 44 per cent of the population stunted, in economic terms malnutrition costs Pakistan more than three per cent of its GDP annually, which, equates to USD7 6 billion.

“Australia is a lead donor in improving nutrition outcomes in Pakistan and is investing 39 million AUD in the World Bank’s Multi Donor Trust Fund for Nutrition which supports the Baluchistan KPK governments to scale- up and sustains an effective response to malnutrition,” he added.

Speaking on the occasion, Professor and Chairman Department media and Communications Studies, International Islamic University, Dr. Zafar Iqbal said that 50% Pakistani Children under the age of 2 years suffer from malnutrition.

He said that this syndrome not only halt the growth of mind but also stop the body from growing. “Media can play the most significant role in creating the awareness about the malnutrition that can damage our coming generations,” he added.

The Eliminating “Hidden Hunger” workshops are designed to better equip media personnel and journalists to report on Pakistan’s malnutrition crisis. Workshops have already been held in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, Punjab and Sindh.

Besides journalists, more than 60 parliamentarians and members of the federal and provincial standing committees on food Security, Health and Agriculture attended the workshops. Talking to APP, Nida Karim, Program Specialist Eliminating Hidden Hunger at `Mishal’ said today’s workshop focused on strengthening the delivery platforms for a
better and fact-based coverage of malnutrition statistics in the media in Pakistan.

“We hope it proves to be beneficial and attendees can play a significant role in spreading the message across the board,” she added. The team from Nestle Pakistan also briefed the journalists on the role , industry could play in helping overcome hidden hunger. Nestle Pakistan is committed to addressing key nutrition challenges being faced by our children in Pakistan including malnutrition, stunting anemia, iron deficiency and obesity.

Mettis Global News: Pakistan has the 3rd highest percentage of stunted children in the world

Pakistan has the 3rd highest percentage of stunted children in the world

Sindh has 49.8% stunting rate amongst all the provinces

31 July 2017 – Karachi,PK – Media needs to become part of the development agenda in Pakistan, to ensure transparency and accountability for quality service delivery to the citizens, this was concluded at the session on Smart Policy Making on Eliminating Hidden Hunger, today in Karachi. The session was attended by senior journalists, field reporters, media and development professionals, representatives of civil society and academia.

Mishal Pakistan, the Country Partner Institute of the Global Competitiveness and Benchmarking Network of the World Economic Forum with support from the Australian High Commission, Islamabad held a special session for the journalists working on health public policy.

The data from Mishal’s research shows that the total number of households below the nutritious diet thresholds in Sindh 70.8%, Punjab 65.5%, while the numbers for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are67.4%, and 83.4% for Balochistan.

MubashirZaidi, senior journalist and anchor person Dawn News said, “Mishal Pakistan has launched the Smart Policy Making initiative to ensure the accountability of policy makers through media. The journalists need such session to understand the issues lying on the surface and to grasp better understanding as to how to report that to the public. Today, fact based reporting should be done to fill the required knowledge gap in the public and political spheres.”

He further said that “The awareness of nutrient deficiency level of Iron and Iodine in Pakistan remains highest especially in the urban community with up-to 42.0% and 61.6% respectively. Women and children remain the ultimate victims of these deficiencies resulting in high mortality rates”.

NidaKarim, Program Specialist Eliminating Hidden Hungerat Mishal Pakistan, while briefing the members of the journalists’ community said, “The Smart Policy Making initiative of Mishal is to bring media at the core of the development agenda in Pakistan, the initiative will ensure policy making through data and real time feedback. This will alsomakepolicy makers accountable to the people. This would not only help the parliamentarians to improve service delivery to the citizens but would also contribute in improving Pakistan’s competitiveness on global footing, while creating accountability through media. She said, although the costs for Nutrition per capita of PKR 2,061/per month is lowest in Punjab as compared to Sindh PKR 2,306, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa PKR 2,152 and Balochistan at PKR 2,415.The amount is still out of reach of average citizens’ buying power.

Nida Karim further said, “Mishal Pakistan along with the Australian High Commission is engaging policy makers and journalists across Pakistan to understand the dynamics of malnutrition in the country. Today’s session with the journalists focused on strengthening the delivery platforms for a better andfact-based coverage of malnutrition stats inPunjab.”

Source: https://www.mettisglobal.com/news/1770/Pakistan-has-the-3rd-highest-percentage-of-stunted-children-in-the-world

اے آر وائے:پاکستان نقص نمو کا شکار بچوں کا تیسرا بڑا ملک

کراچی: پاکستان میں بچوں کی بڑی تعداد غذائی کمی اور نقص نمو کا شکار ہے اور اس حوالے سے پاکستان دنیا کا تیسرا بڑا ملک بن چکا ہے۔ غذائی کمی کا شکار بچے سب سے زیادہ سندھ میں موجود ہیں جن کی شرح 49 فیصد سے بھی زائد ہے۔

صوبہ سندھ کے دارالحکومت کراچی میں ایک غیر سرکاری تنظیم مشعال پاکستان کی جانب سے پاکستان میں غذائی صورتحال کے حوالے سے معلوماتی سیشن منعقد کیا گیا۔

سیشن میں پاکستان میں غذائی صورتحال کے حوالے سے مختلف ریسرچ اور ڈیٹا پیش کیا گیا۔

مشعال کی جانب سے پیش کیے جانے والے تحقیقاتی ڈیٹا کے مطابق پاکستان میں بچوں کی بڑی تعداد مناسب غذا سے محروم ہے۔ ایسے بچوں کی شرح سب سے زیادہ صوبہ بلوچستان میں ہے جہاں 83.4 فیصد بچے مناسب اور مکمل غذا سے محروم ہیں۔

سندھ میں ایسے بچوں کی شرح 70.8 فیصد، پنجاب میں 65.5 فیصد، اور خیبر پختونخواہ میں 67.4 فیصد ہے۔

ماہرین کی جانب سے بتایا گیا کہ پاکستانی شہریوں میں مختلف معدنیات جیسے آئرن اور آئیوڈین کی کمی کے حوالے سے شعور کم ہے۔ ایک محتاط اندازے کے مطابق شہروں میں رہنے والی آبادی میں یہ کمی بالترتیب 42 اور 61 فیصد پائی جاتی ہے۔

اس ضمن میں مشعال پاکستان نے ایک خصوصی پروگرام کا آغاز بھی کیا ہے جس کے تحت غذائی صورتحال کے حوالے سے حکومتی پالیسی سازوں کی مدد اور تعاون کیا جائے گا جبکہ میڈیا کی مدد سے ان کے احتساب کو بھی ممکن بنایا جاسکے گا۔

یاد رہے کہ اقوام متحدہ کے پائیدار ترقیاتی اہداف میں بھوک کا خاتمہ دوسرا ہدف ہے جس کے لیے دنیا بھر میں کام کیا جارہا ہے۔

اس سے قبل گزشتہ برس انٹرنیشنل فوڈ پالیسی ریسرچ انسٹیٹیوٹ کی جانب سے بھوک کے شکار ممالک کی فہرست جاری کی گئی ہے جس میں پاکستان کو 11 ویں نمبر پر رکھا گیا تھا۔

Dawn: Balochistan and Sindh show poor nutrition indicators

KARACHI: Speakers at an awareness session on Tuesday identified Balochistan and Sindh as having the highest ratio of households below the nutritious diet threshold in the country.

These results were shared at a session on smart policymaking on eliminating hidden hunger, organised by Mishal Pakistan, the Country Partner Institute of the Global Competitiveness and Benchmarking Network of the World Economic Forum with support from the Australian High Commission, for journalists working on public health policy.

Data shared showed that the total number of households below the nutritious diet thresholds in Balochistan was 83.4 per cent, and 70.8pc in Sindh; followed by 67.4pc in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 65.5pc in Punjab.

Experts said an estimated two billion people — over 30pc of the world’s population — suffer from deficiencies in essential vitamins and minerals. Hidden hunger is how health experts often refer to micronutrient deficiencies because most people affected do not show the visible physical symptoms and hence may not be aware of their condition.

Hidden hunger’s effects can be devastating, leading to mental impairment, poor health, low productivity, and even death. Its adverse effects on child health and survival are particularly acute, especially within the first 1,000 days of a child’s life, from conception to the age of two, resulting in serious physical and cognitive consequences.

Dr Shabbir Hussain of the International Islamic University, Islamabad, at the session said almost 24pc of the population in Pakistan was suffering on account of hidden hunger, while stunting and malnutrition were immediate challenges faced by society.

Experts present said the media needed to become part of the development agenda in Pakistan, to ensure transparency and accountability for quality service delivery to the citizens.

The smart policymaking initiative, they said, was to ensure the accountability of policymakers through media. They said awareness of nutrient deficiency levels of iron and iodine in Pakistan remained highest especially in the urban community with up to 42pc and 61.6pc respectively. Women and children remain the ultimate victims of these deficiencies resulting in high mortality rates.

Nida Karim said the initiative would help parliamentarians improve service delivery to citizens as well as improving Pakistan’s competitiveness on global footing, while creating accountability through the media.

She said that although the costs for nutrition per capita of Rs2,061 per month was lowest in Punjab as compared to Sindh’s Rs2,306, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Rs2,152 and Balochistan’s at Rs2,415, the amount was still out of reach of average citizens’ buying power.

She said the organisation and the Australian High Commission were engaging policymakers and journalists across Pakistan to understand the dynamics of malnutrition in the country.

Journalist Nadeem Raza said the initiative could revive public’s trust in institutions however, what is necessary is professionalism and dedication to report on facts. “Journalists will lead this change by ensuring accountability of the relevant policymakers to ensure Pakistan’s commitment to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal 2 to eliminate hunger.”

Organisers said earlier sessions had been held with journalists from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan and Punjab on smart policymaking. Similarly, the parliamentarians from Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had been briefed on the smart policymaking process.

The initiative Eliminating Hidden Hunger is aimed to improve the narrative building on nutrition by engaging various stakeholders including press clubs, journalist associations, policymaking institutes and academia across Pakistan.

The UN Sustainable Development Goals aim to end all forms of hunger and malnutrition by 2030, making sure all people — especially children and the more vulnerable — have access to sufficient and nutritious food all year round. Zero Hunger is one of 17 Global Goals that make up the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Source: https://www.dawn.com/news/1348999/balochistan-and-sindh-show-poor-nutrition-indicators