BISP, WFP partnership to reduce malnourishment: says Marvi


Islamabad, July 07 (TNS): Chairperson Benazir Income Support Programme Marvi Memon on Friday said that the partnership between BISP and World Food Programme (WFP) would create a significant impact on gross root level.

Addressing to a ceremony, she said that this partnership would reduce malnourishment as it would benefit the poorest of the country.

“It is beginning of a revolution as the behavioral change brought through these trainings would help in improving IQ levels, thus enhancing productivity of future generations,” she said while addressing a training workshop on nutrition at BISP headquarters to train its social mobilizers on nutrition.

The Chairperson BISP wished the mobilizers good luck saying, “This is a great responsibility on their shoulders, as 1.5 million women is a huge number that can register a considerable impact on the stats sheet of the country.”

Country Director WFP Finbarr Curran stated that, “This initiative would help in reaching out to the most vulnerable segment of society where malnutrition and stunting rates are alarmingly high. WFP attaches great importance to partnership with BISP- the premier social safety net and is passionate in carrying this partnership forward to improve food and nutrition security in the country.”

The workshop was conducted by BISP in collaboration with World Food Programme (WFP). These master trainers will create awareness among 1.5 million beneficiary mothers through 50,000 BISP Beneficiary Committees (BBCs) in 32 districts across Pakistan on nutrition.

The training comprised of three sessions. In first session Dr Ali highlighted the importance of intelligent spending on nutritional food within available budget. He emphasized that, “Malnutrition can be curbed if mothers give their children fresh fruit, vegetables, pulses, eggs, meat, milk, boiled water and mould their way of cooking as to preserve the nutrients present in food.”

The second session took into account mother child health and third session focused exclusively on mother health as healthy mothers are able to raise healthy children. While explaining the role of nutrition in development, Dr Ali said, “The nutritive food enhances the immunity of children that results in their better physical and mental growth. Healthy children perform better in education, are more productive and contribute to the development of society and country in a better fashion.”

This training was first in the series of workshops that will be conducted in Bahawalpur, Sukkur, Sialkot, Abbotabad, Peshawar, Quetta and Gilgit within one month.

The training was also attended by Deputy Country Director WFP Stephen Gluning, Cecilia Garzon WFP Head of Nutrition, Secretary BISP Yasmeen Masood, Dr Ali Ahmad Khan WFP Policy Officer Nutrition, team leaders, cluster incharges and social mobilizers of BISP partner firms Aurat Foundation and Mott MacDonald Pakistan.