Address by Nutrition International President and CEO at the launch of Right Start Pakistan
May 25, 2017
Providing pregnant women, newborns and young children with better nutrition and healthcare in Pakistan
2015 - 2020
Right Start Pakistan, in collaboration with our partners, focused on reducing anaemia, pregnancy and birth complications, low birthweight, neural tube defects, and stunting in children under five.
Prevalence of anaemia and malnutrition in Pakistan
In Pakistan, adolescent girls (aged 15 to 19) show high rates of micronutrient deficiencies:
Anaemia is a severe public health problem:
Pakistan has weak capacity of community outreach workers and low coverage of services, resulting in:
The prevalence of malnutrition among children under five is improving, but it is still high:
Interventions for adolescent nutrition and the first 1,000 days
The project aimed to reduce the prevalence of anaemia for school-going adolescent girls through:
First 1,000 days
Nutrition International provides support to the Government of Pakistan by developing and implementing comprehensive capacity-building programs for healthcare staff to deliver integrated nutrition and health education to low income, ethnically diverse communities, with a focus on:
Preventing anaemia, infant deaths and stunting cases
Right Start Pakistan has averted 2,892 neonatal and infant deaths through maternal and infant health and nutrition interventions, including exclusive breastfeeding, timely initiation of breastfeeding, and birth package. It has also averted 315,577 anaemia cases among pregnant women and children and 7,074 stunting cases by reducing instances of low birthweight.