Recently EU ambassador H.E Androulla Kaminara visited Sindh to see for herself the work of the EUR 60 million Programme for Improved Nutrition in Sindh (PINS). Through PINS the EU is supporting the Government of Sindh’s Accelerated Action Plan for the Reduction of Stunting to address the very significant malnutrition problems in 10 districts of Sindh province.
Stunting happens as a result of malnutrition and has lifelong consequences for a person’s physical and mental development. In Sindh it afflicts 45% of the population.
PINS is working to improve the diet of pregnant and lactating women and you children, since malnutrition starts in the womb and cannot be reversed after the age of 5. Improving nutrition is a challenge which requires a multi-faceted solution, including improving provision of safe water, prenatal nutrition, and access to a balanced range of affordable foods.
Multiple government departments are involved in the effort. Education, water, health, education and environmental strategies will need to be coordinated for the all-important target of zero hunger to be achieved. PINS is working with the Government of Sindh to develop, coordinate, and implement strategies that will enable rural communities affordably access to all the nutrients and services they need to eliminate this problem.
Globally, the EU ‘s target is to reduce is to reduce the number of stunted children under the age of five by at least 7 million by 2025.
Through the AAP the Government of Sindh has set itself the target to reduce the stunting rate from 48% to 43% in first five years (by 2021)