Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan concluded her four-day visit to Islamabad and returned home. During her visit to Pakistan, she monitored the progress of the World Food Programme’s assistance to the government of Pakistan in reducing malnutrition.
She praised the government’s efforts to address the malnutrition in the country and the government’s efforts in increasing food security in the country. Princess Sarah met with Prime Minister Imran Khan during her visit. She was briefed on the objectives of the Ehaas Program to bolster social welfare including addressing stunting and food insecurity among the underprivileged class.
Her Royal Highness Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan, who is also the World Food Program (WFP) Ambassador & Special Advisor on Nutrition, called on Prime Minister Imran Khan at Islamabad. pic.twitter.com/NHwOpwjB0m
— Govt of Pakistan (@pid_gov) November 28, 2019
“I highly appreciate the multisectoral programmatic steps being taken by the Government of Pakistan under Ehsaas to achieve nutrition driven outcomes,” stated Princess Sarah.
Dr. Sania Nishtar, Special Assistant to Prime Minister Imran Khan on poverty alleviation, also discussed the current projects for malnutrition under Ehsaas Program.
Princess Sarah also apprised PM Khan on her engagements in Pakistan and appreciated PM Khan’s interest on the issue of mother and child health, describing it as “inspirational and critically important”.
Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan arrived Pakistan in the capacity of the special adviser to the World Food Program on maternal and child health and nutrition. She will be on a four-day visit to Pakistan in which she will highlight the imperativeness of nutrition to women and children.
She praised the government’s efforts to address the malnutrition in the country and the government’s efforts in increasing food security in the country.
She reviewed the progress of WFP-funded nutrition programs and will review the support provided by WFP to the government’s nutrition programs. Malnutrition and stunting are defined as the major problem in Pakistan, with two-thirds of children are affected by the condition in Pakistan.
Princess Sarah Zeid runs a global campaign to bring attention to the importance of good nutrition in the first 1000 days from birth of the child to the second birthday.
Jordan has assured Pakistan of its full cooperation to cope with issue of malnutrition.
Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan stated this during a meeting with SAPM on National Health Services Dr. Zafar Mirza. pic.twitter.com/yd2YGqoc0p
— Govt of Pakistan (@pid_gov) November 29, 2019
World Food Program is assisting Pakistan to address this wide nutrition gap among the vulnerable section of the society. It assists the government in malnutrition activities, helping them to identify and assists food-deprived groups of people. The goal is to enable adequate food access to children under 5, adolescent girls and women of reproductive by 2025.