Nutrition has been the cross-cutting theme for Alight Pakistan since 2002. Malnutrition is a recognized health problem in Pakistan, and in local contexts, women and children are vulnerable to severe and acute malnutrition risks because of gender-based discriminatory norms and social inequalities. Our nutrition programs emphasize addressing all forms of malnutrition by reinforcing and strengthening multi-sectoral programs and policies that aim to improve the diet, nutritional status, and health of mothers, infants, and young children at critical stages of their lives.
- Identification and treatment of Severely Acute Malnutrition (SAM) children
- Identification and treatment of Moderately Acute Malnutrition (MAM) children
- Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) practices
- Provision of food supplements to MAM and SAM children
- Provision of food baskets for pregnant and lactating mothers
- Cash for Work (CfW) and Cash for Training (CfT)
Capacity building of healthcare providers is one of the major mandates of the Nutrition Program as it has extensively supported training of care providers in the management of severe acute malnutrition (SAM). Technical and financial support is being provided to respective departments of health in capacity building & treatment guidelines.
It also includes training in food security, infant & young child feeding, dietary & livelihood interventions through cash-based transfers and structural and non-structural activities.