KARACHI (APP)- Home Based Rehabilitation of Severely Malnourished Children, a project proposal forwarded by Pakistan has won the World Bank Grant Competition - 2009. The project submitted by Health Education and Literacy Program (HELP), Pakistan was selected following a tough and close contest among 1000 project proposals submitted by five countries of South Asia. Dr. Dure Samin Akram, a senior pediatrician of the country and HELP coordinator told APP that under the scheme a special caloric meal, formulated by HELP, would be given to six months to 24 months malnourished children belonging to two union councils of Sanghar in rural Sindh. Our goal is to improve the weight of these children, suffering from wasting, within three months upto close to normal weight for their height, she said. Dr. D.S. Akram, also a former Chairperson of Pediatrics Department, Civil Hospital, Karachi said the high density food (comprising easily available and cost efficient food items) has been successfully tried in Katchi Abadis (slum) of Karachi, under HELPS Community Program, labelled as Oral Nutrition Package. It is a ready to feed food and can be manufactured in a factory or made locally in a community, she said. Answering a question, she said the scheme holds extreme relevance as 37% of under five Pakistani children are underweight. According to available data 38 percent of the six to 24 months of children are suffering from stunting (acute malnutrition) and 13.3% from wasting (chronic malnutrition). The food made from local ingredients as rice, pulses or lentils, milk and oil has tremendous potential and can also be used in emergencies instead of imported supplements. The pediatrician said that it can also be used to supplement feeding of mildly underweight children with poor appetite. Dr. D.S.Akram emphasized, the cost is minimal and if its production is subsidized it can be made freely available to the poor and needy strata of the society to prevent and treat malnutrition in children. The World Bank will support the project at the two union councils for a duration of 18 months and is expected to be sustained at the government owned public health-care facilities. Regular monitoring and evaluation is built-in, she said mentioning that a third party monitoring is also an integral part of the project. Under the current year Grant Competition for Child and Infant Nutrition Projects in South Asia Pakistan has also managed to clinch support for another of its project forwarded by Aga Khan Community Health Services, for improvement of weight in children. These proposals were selected by World Bank after an elaborate process.