Food & Nutrition:
The situation with food and nutrition is quite worse in Pakistan. This does not only mean that a child is not having enough to eat. It is about the quantity and quality of diet besides other factors. Inadequate nutrition among mothers during pregnancy is one of the main reasons of malnutrition among children leading to malnourishing.
Nearly 10 million Pakistani children suffer from stunting.
Only 38 per cent of children are exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life. As a result, more than half the children under five years of age are deficient in vitamin A, 40 per cent are deficient in both zinc and vitamin D, and nearly 62 per cent are anemic.
The devastating result of acute malnutrition leads to wasting, literally wasting away to skin and bones. Wasting is extremely high in Pakistan, with several areas in the country considered to be at emergency level of wasting. While programs to care and treat severe acute malnutrition are highly effective in Pakistan, achieving cure rates above global standards, they are covering less than five per cent of the total numbers of malnourished children.
8 out of 10 children in Pakistan do not eat right type and quantity of food.
UCF conducts sessions with communities, families & women to face the situation with food and nutrition. UCF food program distributes free cooked and uncooked for women & children in homes and children at schools.