The nutrition challenge facing the Sindh province is substantial. Sindh, with just under a quarter of Pakistan’s population, has a dangerously high rate of nutritional stunting among children under age 5 (49.8%). The prevalence of underweight children is 40.5%, while wasting prevalence is 17.5%. The goal of the AAP is to reduce stunting from 48% to 30% in first five years (by 2021) and 15% by 2026 in Sindh by increasing and expanding coverage of multi-sectoral interventions, that are known to reduce stunting in first five years of children’s lives. The production sectors (agriculture, livestock, and fisheries) contribute to achieving this goal by increasing the number of households that consume a diverse and healthy diet, especially, those households with pregnant and lactating women (PLWs) and children under the age of two.
Livestock will contribute by building the livestock (goats + backyard poultry) assets of poor households, widowed women with children and deprived landless people and enhancing livestock productivity by providing enhanced vaccination and livestock management advisory services to the farmers.
The overall project objective is to reduce the stunting by ensuring the supply of diversified animal origin food and provision of veterinary public health through following specific objectives.
- Building livestock assets (goats and backyard poultry) of poorest households without livestock (2.3% of MPI), pregnant women with children and nutrition deprived communities. Rural Women empowerment through provision of livestock and sources of animal origin food (5 goats + 10 birds per HH Woman with poultry bird feed).
- Social mobilization formation of livestock community organizations. This will be ensuring consistency of messaging and sustainability of the production systems introduced. The goal is to increase the availability of nutritious food without over-burdening target households with too much additional labor.
- Livestock management and enhanced productivity awareness program to poor and small livestock owners in addition to nutrition sensitive and access to diversified animal origin food awareness to reduce the stunting.
- Vaccination and drenching to the livestock of poor households for food security, public health and enhanced animal productivity.
- Establishing cold chain for vaccine/ medicine supply and storage to reach target communities and maintenance at district level
Executive Director/ Director General(BS-20) of Research Institute namely Sindh Institute of Animal Health Karachi, Livestock Department, Government of Sindh obtained DVM degree with first class first position in 2002. Soon, he was appointed as a Lecturer in the university. He did his Masters in Veterinary Pathology and disease diagnosis from the same university with first class first position in 2005. He passed international GRE and got foreign scholarship in 2005 for PhD. He got PhD in Virology and Vaccine development from University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Germany also with first class first position within 03 years in 2009. He was promoted as Assistant Professor in Veterinary Pathology in 2010. He left the university and joined the Livestock Department in 2010 as a Director (BS-19), Sindh Poultry Vaccine Centre Karachi through competitive process.
He has also got experience of more than 16 years in service experience of research & teaching in the field of livestock & Biomedical Sciences. He is also Executive Member of Pakistan Veterinary Medical Council, Islamabad and has remained Review Member of Pakistan Science Foundation Islamabad, Pakistan Agriculture Research Council, Punjab Agriculture Research Board. He has 3 years experience of working with World Bank, 09 years with FAO, UN, 04 years with Australia, 01 year with CEPEC projects in the field of Livestock.
Due to his excellent academic and research performances, he has been awarded by the President of Pakistan with the awards of Izaz-i-Sabqat, Presidential Gold Medal, and by the Governor Sindh with Chancellor’s Gold Medal, Chancellor’s Gild-edge Silver Medal. He has also earned the titles of Man of the new Millennium, Millennium Gold Medal and National Star Laurette’2004 and in 2005, respectively. He was also nominee of Nobel Prize Laurette Award from Germany in 2009.
- Dr. Nazeer Hussain Kalhoro
- Executive Director / Director General, Sindh Institute of Animal Health, Karachi
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