UNICEF’s work in nutrition is supporting our mandate to protect child rights, in particular the right to adequate nutrition, as well as children’s right to develop to their full potential. In so doing, nutrition interventions are also positively affecting both child survival and child development, with a focus on the critical first years of life. UNICEF is working closely with federal and provincial governments at all levels to support national and provincial priorities and Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) targets, including SDGs linked to health and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASHI). In future, UNICEF will work with partners to focus on the most vulnerable children, using cross-sectoral platforms such as Early Childhood Development (ECD) and the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) initiative.
Stunting and Wasting
Critically, the diets of Pakistani children require substantially more diversity and, in most cases, lack sufficient calories. A focus on quality of diet is essential to preventing stunting, wasting and other forms of malnutrition. UNICEF with its expertise in advocacy, communication for development (C4D), linking mass media with interpersonal communication community based strategies, micronutrient supplementation and fortification, is well placed to assist all levels of government in addressing these issues, in alignment with the government’s nutrition plans and Vision 2025, among other key strategy documents. In order to prevent and reverse stunting, UNICEF Pakistan is focusing its support on the 1,000-day nutrition “window,” during which children’s nutritional deprivations can be reversed.