According to World Bank Report; WFP, Overview of the Pakistan Food Security and Nutrition, 2019
“Foodborne diseases caused an estimated 600 million illnesses and 420,000 premature deaths in 2010 according to World Health Organization. This global burden of foodborne disease is unequally distributed.
“South Asia has the largest numbers of stunted children in the Asia Pacific, with 61 million, or 34% of children suffering from stunted growth. This is in the WHO category of very high prevalence. As reported in Asia and the Pacific Regional Overview of Food Security and Malnutrition 2018, Pakistan has a higher prevalence of stunted children than any other country in South Asia (higher even than Afghanistan). The burden of stunted children in Pakistan is estimated 12 million, which is the third highest in the world”.
- More than 820 million people in the world were still hungry in 2018 as compared to the past decade, underscoring the immense challenge of achieving zero hunger by 2030.
- People experiencing moderate food insecurity face uncertainties about all the/or ability to obtain food and have been forced to compromise on the quality and/or quantity of the food they consume.
- Over 2 billion people do not have regular access to safe, safe, nutritious, and sufficient food.
- With 49 million children still stunted, the pace of progress is too slow to meet the 2030 target of having the number of stunted children.
- Overweight and obesity continue to increase in all regions, therefore the economic costs of malnutrition are staggering
Nutrition-Sensitive Interventions and Programs: Interventions or programs that address the underlying determinants of fetal and child nutrition and development – food security; adequate caregiving resources at the maternal, household, and community levels; and access to health services and a safe and hygienic environment – and incorporate specific nutrition goals and actions. Nutrition-sensitive programs can serve as a delivery platform for nutrition-specific interventions, potentially increasing their scale, coverage, and effectiveness.