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Unequipped to feed the under-fed

13 April 2021

Over a third of all children in Pakistan are chronically malnourished (stunted), while 30% of under children under the age of five are acutely malnourished. This situation contributes to high mortality and morbidity rates among children under the age of five. The Lancet published the latest series on Maternal and Child Undernutrition Progress, which reiterates that previously highlighted interventions continue to effectively reduce stunting. AKU faculty Professor Zulfiqar A. Bhutta and Dr Jai K. Das are senior and lead authors of two papers in the Lancet series. They noted that Pakistan, like many developing countries, faces the challenge of the triple burden of malnutrition where stunted growth and deficiencies of essential nutrients are prevalent, alongside a trend of rising overweight and obesity.