Australia will continue supporting Nutrition program to save lives in Balochistan. - Visit of The Australian High Commissioner, Margaret Adamson
Balochistan is among the provinces of Pakistan with alarming rates of malnutrition lead child morbidity and mortality. With limited resources for nutrition program from the government side the role of development partners (UNICEF, WHO & WFP) and donors (Aus-Aid, USAID & Others) has been commendable both in terms of the financial support for the implementation of evidence based high impact nutrition interventions as well as highlighting the issue of malnutrition both at national and international level.
Australia (Australian-aid) has been one of the major donors for various development programs in Balochistan. The Balochistan Nutrition Program for Mothers & Children is one of the recent support provided to the nutrition program (Department of Health) against the nutrition PC-1.
A briefing by the Secretary Health Balochistan, Mr Noor Ul Haq Baloch was organized during the visit of the on Australian High Commissioner, Honorable Margaret Adamson. The briefing primarily focused on the progress updates of the recently launched Balochistan Nutrition Program for Mothers & Children (BNPMC)in Balochistan including the establishment of Outpatient Therapeutic Centers (83), the total number of children under five years of age (4,262) and Pregnant & lactating women screened (15,871), Mother Support Groups formed (1,799) and the total number of IYCF sessions conducted (1,485) by the Mother Support Groups.
The meeting was also attended by the Director General Health Services Balochistan, Dr. Masood Qadir Nousherwani and the Project Director BNPMC, Dr Ali Nasir Bugti.
The Australian High Commissioner led team appreciated the progress made and also assured the continued assistance for such lifesaving programs however, emphasized the need to ensure that the program is meeting its objectives in reaching the most marginalized and the most deprived children and mothers of the province through rigorous monitoring and supervision at the provincial as well as at the district level.