Nutrition Support Program
The overall goal of the Nutrition Support Program Sindh (NSP) is to improve the nutritional status of male and female children under five years and that of pregnant and lactating women, with a priority focus on malnourished amongst the poor and other disadvantaged, including women, the girl-child,children with disabilities, ethnic and religious minorities, and socially marginalized occupational and settler groups in nine districts of Sindh province.
- A 1 point % per year reduction in the proportion of children less than 05 years old who are stunted, with current provincial rate of stunting as 50%
- A 30% reduction in the proportion of children less than 05 years with severe acute malnutrition
- Proportion of women of reproductive age who are anemic (Hb<12g/dL) reduced from current 60% to 50%
Sindh is the 2nd largest province of Pakistan and is divided into 23 districts, 113 talukas/ tehsils and 1,703 Union Councils with current estimated population over 42.400 million (1998 census projected). Of these approximately 53% are men while 47% are women. 15% of the population is children under five years of age with 16.94 rural and 12.95 urban based populations of under five years’ children. There are 18 District Headquarter Hospitals, 44 Taluka Headquarter Hospital, and 125 Rural Health Centres in Sindh. The program aims to contribute to human development in Sindh by improving the nutritional outcomes of the population of Sindh thereby improving the health status of the communities. The Program further seeks to address the endemic malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies in Sindh through appropriate large scale and cost effective interventions, which is also a national priority. The program will contribute to achievement of MDGs 01, 04 and 05 by improving nutritional status of male and female children and women.
Fateful flood of July to September 2010 was one of greatest human disasters whereby Indus River had inundated large swaths of the terrains of Pakistan, affecting one third of its geographical area and more approximately 20 million people including 9.00 million in Sindh with 7.2 million residents and the rest 1.800 million souls consisting of 876,249 households along with more than 2.500million livestock displaced to Internally Displaced Peoples (IDPs) camps. Six months after the disaster, there were still areas covered with stagnant water in Sindh province and thousands of people living in camps. While a majority of the people returned to their villages, they have done so to destroyed homes, crops and livelihoods.