LAHORE - World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) arranged a two-day “Community Management on Acute Malnutrition National Review” for assessing the overall performance of the programme and come up with collective recommendations.

Expressing satisfaction at the pace and the outputs of the programme, the participants called for more effective and efficient network to reach out to malnourished children of 6-59 months of age and pregnant and nursing women in the rural far flung and poor areas of the country.

Representatives from the federal government, all provincial and regional governments, WFP, Unicef, WHO, international and local NGOs and health professionals attended the workshop.

Unicef Representative in Pakistan, Angela Kearney, was of the view that the review provided a good opportunity to learn from each other’s experiences collectively.

“I believe that sharing the good practices and coming up with recommendations on the way forward, considering various challenges faced in past, can help us go a long way in addressing malnutrition” she said.

Member of the Planning Commission, Dr Mubarak Ali, appreciated the efforts with regards to the implementation of the CMAM programme and emphasized that community mobilization was key in the improvement of the nutrition situation in the country.

WFP Pakistan Representative, Lola Castro, said the “overall objective of the workshop was a collective overview of the nutrition intervention in order to learn from experiences of all the stakeholders at national and provincial levels and agree on a joint action plan. The ownership of the federal and provincial governments through Vision 2025, SUN and the inter-sectorial nutrition strategy process is of core importance in combating under-nutrition in Pakistan,” she said.