Friday August 22, 2014

Supplementary feeding in Pakistan

Islamic Relief is delivering a programme within existing health facilities in the Bagh district, providing thousands of malnourished children, as well as expectant and breastfeeding women with supplementary feeding.

Anchal Mudassar was significantly underweight when she was enrolled on the free scheme. For three months, she received fortified food and her mother participated in sessions designed to promote child nutrition.

“Initially I was not aware of a problem with my daughter,” said her mother, Shahista. “When Islamic Relief conducted sessions on the importance of nutrition and breastfeeding, it was amazing how important [it is for parents to know about] nutrition.”

Successfully discharged from the programme, Anchal is a healthy one year-old.

Robina Saeed, 19, was expecting her second child when she joined the programme. She received fortified cereal and oil for four months, and learned how poor nutrition in pregnant mothers can affect their babies.

“Before, we never really thought much about nutrition,” said Robina. “But today, I know about the importance of a balanced diet for pregnant women and their babies, as well as the role of breastfeeding. I have taken all my food properly and now I am feeling an improvement in my health.

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