خبر والے: پوشیدہ بھوک کا خاتمہ ممکن بنانی کیلیے مشعل کی مہم

پاکستان کے ترقیاتی کاموں میں میڈیا کو بھی اپنا حصہ ڈالنا چاہیے خصوصی طور پر شہریوں کے لیے معیاری اورشفاف سہولتوں کی فراہمی میں‌آگے بڑھ کر کام کرنا ہوگا ،، اس بات پر مشعل پاکستان نے ورلڈ اکنامک فورم اور آسٹریلین ہائی کمیشن اسلام آباد کے تعاون سے کراچی میں ایک روزہ ورکشاپ میں زور دیا گیا،،، معاشرے سے ” پوشیدہ بھوک کا خاتمہ” کے عنوان سے ورکشاپ میں سینئر صحافی ، رپورٹرز اور مختلف شعبہ ہائے زندگی سے تعلق رکھنے والے افراد شریک ہوئے،،، مشعل کی تحقیقاتی رپورٹ کے مطابق سندھ کے 70.8 فیصد گھروں میں معیار سے کم تر خوراک استعمال کی جارہی ہے اسی طرح پنجاب میں 65.5، خیبر پختونخواہ میں 67.4 بلوچستان میں 83.4 افراد کو غذائیت سے بھرپور خوراک میسر نہیں ہے ،،، سینئر صحافی اور اینکر مبشر زیدی نے مشعل پاکستان کی جانب سے پوشیدہ بھوک کے خاتمے کے لیے میڈیا کے ذریعے جو مہم شروع کی ہے وہ قابل ستائش ہے،، ان کا کہنا تھا کہ حقائق پر مبنی اعداد و شمار پر مبنی رپورٹنگ ہونی چاہیے اور رپورٹرز پر صحت سے متعلق تحقیقاتی خبروں پر بھی توجہ دینی چاہیے ،،، سینئر صحافی ندیم رضا نے اعتراف کیا کہ میڈیا کو سماجی شعبہ میں‌ جس طرح کا کردار ادا کرنا چاہیے تھا وہ نہیں کر سکا ،، انہوں نے اس کی بنیادی وجہ الیکٹرانک میڈیا کی بے جا تیزی کو قرار دیا ،،

Source: http://khabarwalay.com/archives/29221

Balochistan Point: Parliamentarians in Balochistan Vow to Eliminate Hidden Hunger and Nutrition Challenges

QUETTA: Mishal Pakistan, Australian High Commission and World Food Program briefed the parliamentarians in the Balochistan assembly on the alarming situation in the province. The key focus is to capacitate policy makers for a more harmonized mechanism to ensure service delivery to the citizens. The initiative aims to facilitate the knowledge flow among key stakeholders to “Eliminate Hidden Hunger and Nutrition Challenges”.

Speaking on the occasion, Ms.RahilaHameed Khan Durrani, Speaker Balochistan Assembly said, we thank Mishal Pakistan for collaborating with the Parliamentarians to develop smart policy making to “Eliminate Hidden Hunger” from Balochistan. She further added “We need to engage institutions, academia and bureaucrats to make it part of the legislation for sustainable development. She said, media can play a crucial role in raising the awareness among the communities and various stakeholders relevant to this important issue for Balochistan.

Mishal Pakistan, the Country Partner Institute of the Global Competitiveness and Benchmarking Network of the World Economic Forum in collaboration with the Standing Committee on Health held a special session to capacitate the Parliamentarians for smart policy making on eliminating hidden hunger and nutrition awareness. The session was held at the Provincial Assembly and attended by the Standing Committee members on health, members of academician and senior journalists.

61% Population in Balochistan Facing Food Insecurity.

Dr. Aftab Bhatti, Senior Nutrition Officer with the World Food Program in Balochistan briefed the parliamentarians that 61% population in Balochistan is food insecure, whereas; out of 20 food insecure districts in the country 10 are in Balochistan. The situation in Balochistan is specially critical as 40% children are underweight, additionally 52% are stunted and 16% are wasted. In terms of other demographics 49% women are anemic along with 57% children are anemic.

Parliamentarians are being briefed on smart policy making

Amna Sabahat, Program Manager Eliminating Hidden Hunger, while briefing the members of Balochistan parliamentarians said, “We have launched the Smart Policy Making initiative to ensure policy making through data and real time feedback through media. 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 further said that “the adult literacy rate in Baluchistan is 43.6% whereas the young literacy rate lies at 55.9%.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”.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australian High Commission (Australian Aid) has reached out to Mishal to partner and launch a nationwide program to create knowledge resources on Nutrition challenges in Pakistan. The program will address the “Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), Goal No. 2 ‘Zero Hunger’”. The initiative by Mishal has launched the program to improve the narrative building on Nutrition by engaging various stakeholders including press clubs, journalism associations, policy making institutes and academia across Pakistan.

This collaboration has come into two different phases i.e. Initially in the shape of support for AGAHI Awards, where the Australian Aid is supporting the Journalism Awards in the categories of Eliminating Hidden Hunger, Agriculture and the Food, Water and Energy Security Nexus.”

The second phase of the collaboration between the Australian Aid and Mishal is to build the capacity of journalists and field reporters to create a better understanding on nutrition related challenges, while at the same time it will capacitate the parliamentarians and policy makers to debate suggest and approve Nutrition focused policies for a productive workforce of the future. The initiative is working across Pakistan with focal areas in provincial and federal capitals in Sindh, Punjab, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, AJK and the Federal Capital, Islamabad.

Through this initiative “Eliminating Hidden Hunger”, Mishal will build the capacity of more than 120 journalists and editors, while also engaging more than 60 parliamentarians and members of the federal and provincial standing committees on Food Security, Health and Agriculture etc. The initiative is supported by various development agencies and private sector organizations. The initiative is creating a master class of key opinion leaders in the country on nutrition and Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) goal 2.

An estimated 2 billion people — over 30 percent 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.

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.

Australia is a lead donor in improving nutrition outcomes in Pakistan. As founding donor, Australia has committed AUD 39 million to 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. On a policy level Australian Government supports the National and Provincial Fortification Alliances for improved legislation, coordination and advocacy for fortifying foods with essential vitamins and minerals to reduce high prevalence of micronutrient deficiencies in the population. Australia is also supporting robust evidence generation on malnutrition through its innovative grants scheme, implemented through the Scaling Up Nutrition Academia and Research Network of Pakistan.

Source: http://thebalochistanpoint.com/parliamentarians-in-balochistan-vow-to-eliminate-hidden-hunger-and-nutrition-challenges/

PPI: Journalists to Improve State of Reporting on Eliminating Hidden Hunger

QUETTA: Twenty-four percent population in the country is suffering from Hidden Hunger. Mishal Pakistan and Australia Award Held Session with Journalists on Smart Policymaking on Eliminating Hidden Hunger and Nutrition. The Initiative will make policy makers accountable through media vigilance on SDG2 Eliminating Hunger.

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 at the Quetta Press Club. 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 session was designed in collaboration with the Quetta Press Club to encourage journalists and media professionals to understand the concept of smart policy making on eliminating hidden hunger and nutrition awareness.

Saleem Shahid, Bureau Chief Dawn while presenting his views in the session said “The malnutrition issue exists. Our journalists really need such workshops to understand and know how to do it. We need to engage the journalists as well as the editors to motivate them to talk about the health issues. Today, instead of views and opinion fact based reporting should be done to fill the required knowledge gap in the public and political spheres.”

The data from Mishal’s research shows that the total number of households below the nutritious diet thresholds in Punjab are 65.5%, while the numbers for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are 67.4%, Sindh 70.8%, and 83.4% for Balochistan.

Member of the Quetta Press Club Governing Body and Bureau Chief Dawn, Syed Ali Shah, said through this initiative, media will be empowered to generate knowledge based reporting on health issues which will result in to awareness among public spheres while holding responsible policy makers accountable. The Quetta Press Club will be at the forefront of this initiative by ensuring Pakistan’s commitment to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal 2 – Eliminating Hunger.“However, it is not possible without utilizing available data and commitment to professionalism”, he further added.

Nida Karim, Program Specialist Eliminating Hidden Hunger at 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 also make policy 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 and fact-based coverage of malnutrition stats in Punjab.”

Almost 24% of the population in Pakistan is suffering with Hidden Hunger, while stunting and malnutrition are immediate challenges faced by the society, media is unable to create a public debate on this. The awareness of nutrient deficiency level of Iron and Iodine in Pakistan remains highest especially in the urban community with upto 42.0% and 61.6% respectively. Women and children remain the ultimate victims of these deficiencies resulting in high mortality rates.

Earlier session has been held with journalists from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab on Smart Policy Making. Similarly, the parliamentarians from Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have also been briefed on the smart policymaking process. The parliamentarians from Punjab will be briefed on the state of Hidden Hunger later this month.

The initiative Eliminating Hidden Hunger has been launched by Mishal Pakistan, the initiative has is aimed to improve the narrative building on Nutrition by engaging various stakeholders including press clubs, journalist associations, policy making institutes and academia across Pakistan.

Through the initiative “Eliminating Hidden Hunger”, Mishal will build the capacity of more than 120 journalists and editors, while also engaging more than 60 parliamentarians and members of the federal and provincial standing committees on Food Security, Health and Agriculture etc. The initiative is supported by various development agencies and private sector organizations. The initiative is creating a master class of key opinion leaders in the country on nutrition and Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) goal 2.

An estimated 2 billion people — over 30 percent 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.

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.

Australia is a lead donor in improving nutrition outcomes in Pakistan. As founding donor, Australia has committed AUD 39 million to 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. On a policy level Australian Government supports the National and Provincial Fortification Alliances for improved legislation, coordination and advocacy for fortifying foods with essential vitamins and minerals to reduce high prevalence of micronutrient deficiencies in the population. Australia is also supporting robust evidence generation on malnutrition through its innovative grants scheme, implemented through the Scaling Up Nutrition Academia and Research Network of Pakistan.

Source: http://ppinewsagency.com/%EF%BB%BFjournalists-to-improve-state-of-reporting-on-eliminating-hidden-hunger/

Daily Balochistan Express: 61% people facing food insecurity in Balochistan

QUETTA: Mishal Pakistan, Australian High Commission and World Food Program briefed the parliamentarians in the Balochistan assembly on the alarming situation in the province.


QUETTA: Mishal Pakistan, Australian High Commission and World Food Program briefed the parliamentarians in the Balochistan assembly on the alarming situation in the province.

The key focus is to capacitate policy makers for a more harmonized mechanism to ensure service delivery to the citizens. The initiative aims to facilitate the knowledge flow among key stakeholders to “Eliminate Hidden Hunger and Nutrition Challenges”.

Speaking on the occasion, Ms.Rahila Hameed Khan Durrani, Speaker Balochistan Assembly said, we thank Mishal Pakistan for collaborating with the Parliamentarians to develop smart policy making to “Eliminate Hidden Hunger” from Balochistan. She further added  “We need to engage institutions, academia and bureaucrats to make it part of the legislation for sustainable development. She said, media can play a crucial role in raising the awareness among the communities and various stakeholders relevant to this important issue for Balochistan.

Mishal Pakistan, the Country Partner Institute of the Global Competitiveness and Benchmarking Network of the World Economic Forum in collaboration with the Standing Committee on Health held a special session to capacitate the Parliamentarians for smart policy making on eliminating hidden hunger and nutrition awareness. The session was held at the Provincial Assembly and attended by the Standing Committee members on health, members of academician and senior journalists.

Dr. Aftab Bhatti, Senior Nutrition Officer with the World Food Program in Balochistan briefed the parliamentarians that 61% population in Balochistan is food insecure, whereas; out of 20 food insecure districts in the country 10 are in Balochistan. The situation in Balochistan is specially critical as 40% children are underweight, additionally 52% are stunted and 16% are wasted. In terms of other demographics 49% women are anemic along with 57% children are anemic.

Amna Sabahat, Program Manager Eliminating Hidden Hunger, while briefing the members of Balochistan parliamentarians said, “We have launched the Smart Policy Making initiative to ensure policy making through data and real time feedback through media. 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 further said that “the adult literacy rate in Baluchistan is 43.6% whereas the young literacy rate lies at 55.9%.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”. (PR)

Source: http://www.bexpress.com.pk/2017/07/httpwp-mep5f0gk-8v0/

دیہی علاقوں میں ہر ہزار بچوں میں 106بچے دوران حمل زندگی کی بازی ہار جاتے ہیں ، مشعل پاکستان

کوئٹہ ،
بلوچستان کے میڈیا کو صوبے میں عوام کو درپیش پوشیدہ بھوک کے سنگین مسئلے سے نمٹنے کیلئے عوام کو شعور وآگاہی دینا ہوگی ،اس وقت پاکستان میں 37.8ملین لوگ خوراک کی کمی کا شکارہے بلکہ بلوچستان میں 82فیصد سے زیادہ خواتین کو دوران حمل وٹامن کی دستیابی ممکن نہیں ،پوشیدہ بھوک کے خاتمے کیلئے بہتر غذائیت اور پائیدار زراعت کو فروغ دینا وقت کی اہم ضرورت ہے اس سلسلے میں فوری اقدامات مثبت نتائج کا پیش خیمہ ثابت ہوگی ۔

غیر سرکاری تنظیم مشعل پاکستان کی پروگرام منیجر آمنہ صباحت ، پروجیکٹ منیجر نداکریم ،سینئر صحافیوں سلیم شاہد اور سید علی شاہ نے مشعل کے زیراہتمام بلوچستان میں ’’پوشیدہ بھوک کے خاتمے سے متعلق کوئٹہ پریس کلب میں منعقدہ صحافیوں کے ورکشاپ سے خطاب میں کہاکہ اس وقت دنیا کے ترقی پذیر ممالک میں پوشیدہ بھوک اور غذائیت کی کمی سنگین ترین مسائل میں شامل ہیں ۔

کوئٹہ، مشعل پاکستان کے زیر اہتمام پریس کلب میں بچوں میں غذائی کمی کے حوالے سے منعقدہ صحافیوںکے تربیتی ورکشاپ سے پروگرام منیجر آمنہ صباحت خطاب کررہی ہے، جبکہ اس موقع پر پروجیکٹ منیجر ندا اکرم اور سینئر صحافی سید علی شاہ بھی موجود ہیں۔

پاکستان میں ایک طرف لوگوں کی بڑی تعداد غربت کی لکھیر سے نیچے زندگی بسر کررہی ہے تو دوسری جانب یہاں شرح خواندگی میں کمی بھی مسائل کو سنگین بنارہاہے ،اسی لئے نہ صرف دیہی علاقوں میں ہر ہزار بچوں میں 106بچے دوران حمل زندگی کی بازی ہار جاتے ہیں بلکہ 74بچے شہری علاقوں میں بھی اسی کے باعث موت کے اغوش میں چلے جاتے ہیں بلکہ اکثر وبیشتر بچے پیدائش کے بعد ذہنی اور جسمانی کمزوریوں کے شکار ہوتے ہیں نہ صرف ان کے قد عمر کے حساب سے کم ہوتے ہیں بلکہ دیگر کمزوریوں کا بھی انہیں سامنا کرناپڑتاہے ۔

بلوچستان میں دوران حمل صرف 17.3فیصد خواتین کو ہی درکار وٹامن میسر ہوتی ہے انہوںنے کہاکہ 18ویں ترمیم کے بعد صوبوں کو ہیلتھ سسٹم اور پالیسیوں کو بنانے کے حوالے سے زیادہ اختیارات مل چکے ہیں ،اس لئے صوبے میں اس حوالے سے میسر پالیسی سازی ہونی چاہئے اس سلسلے میں صوبے کے منتخب نمائندوں کے ساتھ بھی سیشن کاانعقاد ضروری ہے ،انہوں نے کہاکہ اس وقت پاکستان میں 37.8ملین افراد خوراک کی کمی کاسامنا کررہے ہیں ،پوشیدہ بھوک کے خاتمے کیلئے بہتر غذائیت اور پائیدار زراعت کو فروغ دینا وقت کی اہم ضرورت ہے جس کیلئے مزید کام کرنے کی ضرورت ہے ،جبکہ صحت کے شعبے میں سرمایہ کاری طویل مدت تک فائدہ مند ثابت ہوتاہے .

Daily Balochistan Express: Journalists to improve state of reporting

QUETTA: Media needs to become part of the development agenda in Pakistan, to ensure transparency and accountability for quality service delivery to the citizens.

QUETTAMedia 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 at the Quetta Press Club.

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 session was designed in collaboration with the Quetta Press Club to encourage journalists and media professionals to understand the concept of smart policy making on eliminating hidden hunger and nutrition awareness.

Saleem Shahid, Senior Bureau Chief Dawn while presenting his views in the session said “The malnutrition issue exists. Our journalists really need such workshops to understand and know how to do it. We need to engage the journalists as well as the editors to motivate them to talk about the health issues. Today, instead of views and opinion fact based reporting should be done to fill the required knowledge gap in the public and political spheres.”

The data from Mishal’s research shows that the total number of households below the nutritious diet thresholds in Punjab are 65.5%, while the numbers for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are 67.4%, Sindh 70.8%, and 83.4% for Balochistan.

Member of the Quetta Press Club Governing Body and Bureau Chief Dawn, Syed Ali Shah, said through this initiative, media will be empowered to generate knowledge based reporting on health issues which will result in to awareness among public spheres while holding responsible policy makers accountable. The Quetta Press Club will be at the forefront of this initiative by ensuring Pakistan’s commitment to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal 2 – Eliminating Hunger. “However, it is not possible without utilizing available data and commitment to professionalism”, he further added.(PR)

Source: http://www.bexpress.com.pk/2017/07/httpwp-mep5f0gk-8tn/

Balochistan Point: Mishal Pakistan holds Session with Journalists on Smart Policymaking on Eliminating Hidden Hunger and Nutrition

Mishal Pakistan holds Session with Journalists on Smart Policymaking on Eliminating Hidden Hunger and Nutrition

QUETTA: 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 at the Quetta Press Club. 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 Bench marking 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 session was designed in collaboration with the Quetta Press Club to encourage journalists and media professionals to understand the concept of smart policy making on eliminating hidden hunger and nutrition awareness.

SaleemShahid, Senior Bureau Chief Dawn while presenting his views in the session said “The malnutrition issue exists. Our journalists really need such workshops to understand and know how to do it. We need to engage the journalists as well as the editors to motivate them to talk about the health issues. Today, instead of views and opinion fact based reporting should be done to fill the required knowledge gap in the public and political spheres.”

The data from Mishal’s research shows that the total number of households below the nutritious diet thresholds in Punjab are 65.5%, while the numbers for Khyber Pakhtunkhwaare 67.4%, Sindh 70.8%, and 83.4% for Balochistan.
Member of the Quetta Press Club Governing Body and Bureau Chief Dawn,Syed Ali Shah, said through this initiative, media will be empowered to generate knowledge based reporting on health issues which will result in to awareness among public spheres while holding responsible policy makers accountable. The Quetta Press Club will be at the forefront of this initiative by ensuringPakistan’s commitment to achievethe Sustainable Development Goal 2 – Eliminating Hunger.“However, it is not possible without utilizing available data and commitment to professionalism”, he further added.

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.

NidaKarim 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.”

Almost 24% of the population in Pakistan is suffering with Hidden Hunger, while stunting and malnutrition are immediate challenges faced by the society, media is unable to create a public debate on this. The awareness of nutrient deficiency level of Iron and Iodine in Pakistan remains highest especially in the urban community with upto 42.0% and 61.6% respectively. Women and children remain the ultimate victims of these deficiencies resulting in high mortality rates.

Earlier session has been held with journalists from Khyber Pakhtunkhwaand Punjab on Smart Policy Making. Similarly, the parliamentarians from Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have also been briefed on the smart policymaking process. The parliamentarians from Punjab will be briefed on the state of Hidden Hunger later this month.

The initiative Eliminating Hidden Hunger has been launched byMishalPakistan, the initiative has is aimed to improve the narrative building on Nutrition by engaging various stakeholders including press clubs, journalist associations, policy making institutes and academia across Pakistan.

Through the initiative “Eliminating Hidden Hunger”, Mishal will build the capacity of more than 120 journalists and editors, while also engaging more than 60 parliamentarians and members of the federal and provincial standing committees on Food Security, Health and Agriculture etc. The initiative is supported by various development agencies and private sector organizations. The initiative is creating a master class of key opinion leaders in the country on nutrition and Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) goal 2.

An estimated 2 billion people — over 30 percent 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.

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.

Australia is a lead donor in improving nutrition outcomes in Pakistan. As founding donor, Australia has committed AUD 39 million to 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. On a policy level Australian Government supports the National and Provincial Fortification Alliances for improved legislation, coordination and advocacy for fortifying foods with essential vitamins and minerals to reduce high prevalence of micronutrient deficiencies in the population. Australia is also supporting robust evidence generation on malnutrition through its innovative grants scheme, implemented through the Scaling Up Nutrition Academia and Research Network of Pakistan.

Balochistan Voices: Session on Smart Policy Making on Eliminating Hidden Hunger Held in Quetta

Quetta: 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 at the Quetta Press Club.

The session was attended by senior journalists, field reporters, media and development professionals, representatives of civil society and academia.

SaleemShahid, Bureau Chief Dawn while presenting his views in the session said “The malnutrition issue exists. Our journalists really need such workshops to understand and know how to do it. We need to engage the journalists as well as the editors to motivate them to talk about the health issues. Today, instead of views and opinion fact based reporting should be done to fill the required knowledge gap in the public and political spheres.”

Member of the Quetta Press Club Governing Body and Bureau Chief Dawn News,Syed Ali Shah, said through this initiative, media will be empowered to generate knowledge based reporting on health issues which will result in to awareness among public spheres while holding responsible policy makers accountable.

The Quetta Press Club will be at the forefront of this initiative by ensuringPakistan’s commitment to achievethe Sustainable Development Goal 2 – Eliminating Hunger.“However, it is not possible without utilizing available data and commitment to professionalism”, he further added.

The data shows that the total number of households below the nutritious diet thresholds in Punjab are 65.5%, while the numbers for Khyber Pakhtunkhwaare 67.4%, Sindh 70.8%, and 83.4% for Balochistan.