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Pakistan Observer: Fellowship programme for journalists reporting on Sindh nutrition

Karachi: Mishal Pakistan, the Country Partner Institute of the Global Competitiveness and Benchmarking Network of the World Economic Forum, has launched a media development initiative to build the capacity of the journalists reporting on nutrition in Sindh. An announcement on Tuesday said that the fellowship programme is focusing on enhancing media’s role to act as public watchdog on policy makers.

The initiative, ‘Eliminating Hidden Hunger’ is working with more than 1,200 health journalists across Sindh to improve public perception, opinion and data sets on Nutrition and other related issues contributing to the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2. It was further stated that Mishal is already working with the Sindh Assembly and its relevant standing committee on Health for ‘Smart Policy Making’.

The cooperation has delivered a high level training initiative for the parliamentarians in Sindh, where the parliamentarians shared their views on the importance of media’s role to shape public policy according to people’s needs and requirements.

Dr. Sohrab Sarki, Chairman Standing Committee on Health of the Sindh Assembly said, ‘We see media as one of the most important players in the Smart Policy making framework, whereby media reflects the grass root realities of citizens’ needs, while making the policy makers accountable to the public for transparency and efficiency. Media is a crucial partner in knowledge creation and influencing the collective consciousness of the society. We need to bring media on board for Smart Policy making’, the Mashal statement quoted him as saying.

Amir Jahangir, Chief Executive Officer of Mishal Pakistan, maintained that the ‘current state of health in Pakistan is alarming. About 46.8 million people in Pakistan are malnourished. Through this initiative we are prioritizing development agendas by ensuring policy making through data and real time feedbackthrough media. The programme on Eliminating Hidden Hunger and Malnutrition will improve service delivery to the citizens and contribute further to improving Pakistan’s competitiveness on global footing, while improving accountability through media’.—APP

Pakistan Point: Fellowship Programme For Journalists In Sindh

Fellowship programme for Journalists in Sindh

KARACHI, (Pakistan Point News – 23rd May, 2017 ): Mishal Pakistan, the Country Partner Institute of the Global Competitiveness and Benchmarking Network of the World Economic Forum, has launched a media development initiative to build the capacity of the journalists reporting on nutrition in Sindh. An announcement on Tuesday said that the fellowship programme is focusing on enhancing media’s role to act as public watchdog on policy makers. The initiative, `Eliminating Hidden Hunger’ is working with more than 1,200 health journalists across Sindh to improve public perception, opinion and data sets on Nutrition and other related issues contributing to the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2.

It was further stated that Mishal is already working with the Sindh Assembly and its relevant standing committee on Health for `Smart Policy Making’. The cooperation has delivered a high level training initiative for the parliamentarians in Sindh, where the parliamentarians shared their views on the importance of media’s role to shape public policy according to people’s needs and requirements. Dr. Sohrab Sarki, Chairman Standing Committee on Health of the Sindh Assembly said, `We see media as one of the most important players in the Smart Policy making framework, whereby media reflects the grass root realities of citizens’ needs, while making the policy makers accountable to the public for transparency and efficiency.

Media is a crucial partner in knowledge creation and influencing the collective consciousness of the society. We need to bring media on board for Smart Policy making’, the Mashal statement quoted him as saying. Amir Jahangir, Chief Executive Officer of Mishal Pakistan, maintained that the `current state of health in Pakistan is alarming. About 46.8 million people in Pakistan are malnourished. Through this initiative we are prioritizing development agendas by ensuring policy making through data and real time feedback through media.

The programme on Eliminating Hidden Hunger and Malnutrition will improve service delivery to the citizens and contribute further to improving Pakistan’s competitiveness on global footing, while improving accountability through media’. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australian High Commission (Australian Aid) reached out to Mishal, earlier this year, to partner and launch a nationwide programme to create knowledge resources on Nutrition challenges in Pakistan.

The program will address the `Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), Goal No. 2 .Zero Hunger’. Nida Karim, Programme Specialist Eliminating Hidden Hunger at Mishal Pakistan, said that the programme focuses on increasing the capacity of media on Sustainable Development Goal no. 2 and enhance media’s role to be more proactive on public scrutiny of the policy makers on issues related to food security, improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture practices.

Through this initiative Mishal is also launching a nutrition specific information management system for the journalists and policy makers’. The initiative will build capacity of other stakeholders for the development and implementation of a multi-sectoral and integrated strategy for awareness raising, addressing general public, institutions, organizations, private sector, decision makers, and communities working on nutrition, health, hygiene and the nexus between malnutrition and other related issues.

The News: ‘Hidden Hunger’ initiative announced

Micronutrient deficiencies

Pakistan has an alarmingly high level of malnutrition

Islamabad: A joint research and media development initiatives, aimed at bringing Hidden Hunger into public debate and building capacity of thousands of journalists and media professionals across the country, was announced on Wednesday.

An estimated two billion people – over 30 per cent 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.

Pakistan has an alarmingly high level of malnutrition; 24 per cent of the population in Pakistan is undernourished. The most recent estimates by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) state that 37.5 million people in Pakistan are not receiving proper nourishment. The issue is complex and widespread, with deficiencies ranging from protein to iodine, along with other health problems due to insufficient intake of these essential nutrients.

The project, a joint initiative of Mishal Pakistan, the Country Partner Institute of the Global Competitiveness and Benchmarking Network of the World Economic Forum and the National University of Modern Languages (NUML), is part of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between NUML and Mishal Pakistan earlier in March 2016. Part of the initiative is to build stakeholders capacity to understand and create fact-based and data-supported debate in to media discourse.

Professor Karamat Ali, Director Office for Research, Innovation and Commercialisation (ORIC) NUML said, “the consequences of hidden hunger can be devastating for the future human security of the country, leading to mental impairment, poor health, low productivity and in severe cases, death. This is an important initiative, which requires all stakeholders to work together for a more secure and prosperous nation.”

“Even mild to moderate deficiencies can affect a person’s well-being and development. Hidden hunger disproportionately affects infants, young children and women, preventing them from achieving their full potential in life. Unfortunately, there is not enough data available on how media is taking up this issue in Pakistan. This initiative will create new knowledge and data-sets for future media research and interventions in Pakistan”, said Amir Jahangir, Chief Executive Officer of Mishal Pakistan.

Under the Creating Shared Values initiatives, Mishal is now establishing a new partnership with various stakeholders to create and strengthen Pakistan’s national dialogue on Hidden Hunger.

Mishal has also earlier announced that to mainstream the concept of micronutrient deficiencies, the “AGAHI Awards 2016 will have special category on Eliminating Hidden Hunger.”

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. This involves promoting sustainable agricultural practices: improving the livelihoods and capacities of small scale farmers, allowing equal access to land, technology and markets. It also requires international cooperation to ensure investment in infrastructure and technology to improve agricultural productivity. Zero Hunger is one of 17 Global Goals that make up the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Source: https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/148714-Hidden-Hunger-initiative-announced

APP: Media initiative on “Eliminating Hidden Hunger” to be launched

ISLAMABAD, Aug 2 (APP): Hidden hunger, also known as micronutrient deficiencies, afflicts more than 2 billion individuals, or one in three people, globally. 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.

Mishal Pakistan in collaboration with other stakeholders will be launching aprogramme to create better understanding on the stakeholders on this issue.

Mishal will be especially building the capacity of the Media and working journalists on health related issues on the concept and challenges of hidden hunger and the importance of micronutrients.

Chief Executive Officer of Mishal Pakistan, Amir Jahangir, said, “Our research and media development initiatives have built the capacity of thousands of journalists and media
professionals across Pakistan in the last twelve years.

Under our Creating Shared Values initiatives, Mishal is now establishing a new partnership to create and strengthen Pakistan’s national dialogue on Hidden Hunger.

Jahangir said, “We believe, working closely with the leading research and academic institutions will develop interventions to improve the human capital and industry standards through knowledge-based initiatives on hidden hunger, while providing policy guidelines to the public sector leadership”. Jahangir also announced that,”The AGAHI Awards 2016 this
year, will have a special category on Hidden Hunger.”

Earlier, Mishal and Quetta Press Club also jointly launched the initiative to bring all stakeholders to address the malnutrition challenge in Baluchistan. Building better understanding of the media on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Mishal has signed memorandum of understandings with other stakeholders to build awareness on the nutrition challenges faced in each of the province.

The initiative is first of its kind where national and provincial narrative will be built through media and communication experts.

The initiative signed under the title of “Eliminating Hidden Hunger”, will bring all stakeholders on a common platform for a joint initiative for capacity of the civil society
organizations, media entities and especially the journalists working on health, nutrition and child rights issues along with food and water security experts.

The memorandum of understandings on “Eliminating Hidden Hunger” formally establishes a new strategic partnership, enabling the organizations to create a unique model in Pakistan for private and public sector institutions to play their role as responsible enterprises, working to improve the human security and dignity through knowledge empowerment and information management on Nutrition related issues.