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People are the currency of progress': how Pakistan is battling stunting

17 September 2020

Scans showing the brains of a chronically malnourished infant next to a healthy baby can look startlingly different. The lack of brain development will mean that as a child grows, they are likely to do less well at school, they are then likely to earn less and they are then more likely to end up in poverty. The new programme, called Nashonuma, which is Urdu for nourishment, is being rolled out across Pakistan to deliver a mixture of cash and food supplements to those at risk. Anaemia and vitamin deficiencies are widespread among women and mean that poor, malnourished mothers will go on to give birth to malnourished babies, says Professor Sajid Soofi, a public health expert at Karachi's Aga Khan University.