Pfizer collaborates with Pakistan Nutrition and Dietetic Society (PNDS) Collaboration inked for Nutrition AwarenessProgram
January30, 2016–Karachi: Pfizer Pakistan Limited and Pakistan Nutrition and Dietetic Society (PNDS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to create awareness aboutnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies in Pakistan. Through this initiative, Pfizer and PNDSwill collaborate and organize a series of school based awareness campaign across Pakistan highlighting the importance of balanced diet and key nutrients including protein, vitamins and minerals for children’s physical and mental growth.
Pakistan is one of the countries that suffer from high rates of malnutrition among children and mothers, which occurs due to a number of reasons such as low nutritional knowledge, lack of awareness and insufficient intake of proteins, vitamins and minerals. The National Nutritional Survey, conducted in the year 2011 revealed that almost 60 per cent of children suffer from acute and chronic malnutrition combined. These high rates have shown no improvement in recent decades. Malnutrition contributes to 35 to 50 per cent of child deaths worldwide, with similar patterns in Pakistan, states the UNICEF.2
The campaign aims to help create awareness among parents as well as children on the important role of nutrient rich breakfast plays in the prosperity of school going children as several studies have shown children’s tendency to skip the most important meal of the day.
“In early childhood and during adolescence, eating unhealthy diet is becoming a public health issue in Pakistan. It has both short term as well as long term consequences. Lack of awareness, role of media and peer pressure are identified as main factors,” said Fayza Khan, President of Pakistan Nutrition and Dietetic Society (PNDS) adding that usually, unhealthy diet is caloric dense rather than nutrient dense which leads to impaired concentration at school and low immunity, resulting in a high risk of infections. “In the long term, unhealthy diet can lead to chronic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.” She said that the school based awareness campaign promotes evidence-based healthy eating practices in both children and parents.
1National Nutrition Survey 2011
2UNICEF Pakistan Annual Report
Dr Farid Khan, Country Manager of Pfizer in Pakistan at the commencement of this program said, “Protein and micronutrient supplementation is important in countries where children suffer from malnutrition, which is the cause of a number of health complications. Many countries have prioritized nutrition on their national charter. Pfizer is committed to provide solutions and work on programs aimed at creating awareness amongst communities to help overcome this mammoth challenge.”
Founded in the year 2003, Pakistan Nutrition and Dietetic Society (PNDS) is the leading non-profit professional society of Pakistan, recognized by International Confederation of Dietetic Associations (ICDA). The society aims to represent, promote and advance the science and profession of nutrition in order to achieve better nutritional status for the population of Pakistan. In order to achieve its goals, PNDS is actively participating in nutrition related activities and collaborating with different organizations.
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