ISLAMABAD: Collaboration with BISP Program to improve maternal and child nutrition in Balochistan
A Field Visit to the Italian Development Cooperation Agency (AICS)) has been implemented in Balochistan to monitor major activities under the Benazir Income Support Program (BISP), especially in Lasbela and Khuzdar districts.
In April 2023, the Pakistan-Italy Debt Swap Scheme (PIDSA) allocated PKR 500 million to prevent stunting in infants during the first 1,000 days of life, through the BISP Nashonuma program , providing nutritious food to more than 20,000 children from 6 years to 24 years. months, lactating mothers and pregnant women. The global BISP Nashonuma program is implemented by WFP (World Food Program) in 157 districts across Pakistan through 531 support centers, including 35 mobile units established at public health facilities , with a total of 1.15 million direct beneficiaries. Head of AICS Islamabad office Mr. Francesco Zatta led the Italian delegation.
During his visit to the Lasbella and Khuzdar public health units, Mr. Zatta had the opportunity to review the program’s eligibility criteria as well as the screening activities of children and women for the allocation of specialists nutritious food and cash grants to poor families. The BISP Nashonuma program achieved significant results in preventing stunting in children under 2 years old, improving weight gain of women during pregnancy, reducing anemia and micronutrient deficiency, and increasing Raise awareness about maternal and child health and nutrition, reduce the burden of disease through improving people’s health and nutrition. mothers and children. utilize available health and nutrition services and prevent low birth weight.