Rs 350 billion to be spent to control malnutrition & stunted growth, CCI agrees

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: While taking a serious note of the critical issue of malnutrition and stunted growth among children, the Council of Common Interests (CCI) on Wednesday unanimously agreed upon launching of a development project “Tackling Malnutrition Induced Stunting in Pakistan” with a total cost of approximately Rs 350 billion and duration of five years (FY 2020-25).


In the 43rd CCI meeting held in Islamabad on Wednesday with Prime Minister Imran Khan in the Chair, it was agreed that 50 percent cost i.e. approximately Rs 175 billion will be provided by the federal government and equal distribution to be made by the provincial governments for five years.

The “Tackling Malnutrition Induced Stunting in Pakistan” project will target 30 percent of the total population of Country with 15 million women of reproductive age group and 3.9 million children under the age of two years through nutrition interventions.

It was agreed that the federal government will provide for nutrition supplementary commodities, capacity building of new & existing healthcare workers, research & monitoring while as provinces will contribute towards implementation through the involvement of existing Lady Health Workers (LHWs), Community Health Workers, target population identification, program management, institutional arrangement, evaluation, and data sharing.

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