Action Against Hunger has been working in Pakistan since 2005


Undernutrition is still a major concern in Pakistan

Country Overview

Pakistan has South Asia’s second largest economy. However, poverty, social inequality, and limited access to basic social services—along with persistent conflict and natural disasters—have limited its development. While Pakistan has made dramatic progress in reducing polio and other health threats, national surveys estimate that rates of child stunting from undernutrition have not improved in 30 years. At present, 45 percent of children in Pakistan are stunted, and 16 percent of children under the age of 5 suffer from acute undernutrition. 

People we helped in 2017

What we’re doing

In 2017 we focused on ensuring treatment for children with severe acute malnutrition in close partnership with the relevant local health departments. We completed the multi-year European Union funded programme Women and Infant/Child Improved Nutrition in Sindh, which included extensive nutrition coverage across Dadu district through outpatient therapeutic programme sites.  
To address the causes of hunger we have focused on preventing disease such as worms and diarrhoea, food security interventions and promoting safe hygiene and sanitation practices. This has included direct activities to encourage behaviour change targeting women as mother, children and wider community members. We have supported agriculture activities such as vaccination campaigns for livestock, established kitchen gardens to promote diverse household consumption, provided food vouchers and support for social safety net cash injection to improve livelihoods security. 

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Islamabad, Dadu, Ghotki, Khairpur, Matiari