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15 08, 2018

3 in 5 babies not breastfed in the first hour of life

2018-09-05T20:26:58+00:00

Breastfeeding within an hour after birth is critical for saving newborn lives   An estimated, 78 million babies – or three in five – are not breastfed within the first hour of life, putting them at higher risk of death and disease and making them less likely to continue breastfeeding, say UNICEF and WHO in a [...]

15 08, 2018

Message from Cristina Brugiolo, Chief Field Office UNICEF Sindh

2018-09-05T20:23:09+00:00

Good, appropriate and balanced nutrition is essential for the health of mothers and growth of children. Breastfeeding, in particular, is a critical component of child health and essential to achieving the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) number two (Zero Hunger) and number three (Good Health and Wellbeing) to which Pakistan is a signatory. The first gift [...]

15 08, 2018

Message from UNICEF Country Representative for Pakistan

2018-09-05T20:21:53+00:00

By Aida Girma      Breastfeeding is one of the most important public health interventions that we know of. It’s perfect; entirely natural, 100% nutritionally balanced and completely cost effective. Commemorating the World Breastfeeding Week, we have some achievements to celebrate and some challenges to collectively address. First, let me offer my congratulations to Pakistan for its [...]

15 08, 2018

Advocacy Seminar on ‘Promotion and Protection of Breastfeeding’

2018-09-05T20:20:16+00:00

Nutrition Support Program (NSP) Govt. of Sindh in collaboration with UNICEF organized an Advocacy Seminar on ‘Promotion and Protection of Breastfeeding’ on 8th August 2018 at a local hotel in Karachi aimed to raise awareness on the importance of breastfeeding. Dr. Ismail Memon, Program Manager, Nutrition Support Program (NSP) in his welcome address appraised the [...]

15 07, 2018

Promoters Initiative Programme launched to encourage breastfeeding

2018-07-31T20:53:41+00:00

Sindh Caretaker Minister for Health, Education and Population Welfare Sindh, Dr. Saadia Rizvi said that the rate of breastfeeding was only around 37% in Sindh and that was one of the main reasons why children were suffering from diarrhea and other childhood diseases in the province. She expressed these views at the Breastfeeding Promoters Initiative [...]

15 06, 2018

97% reduction in reported polio cases – NEOC

2018-06-30T20:11:50+00:00

Dr. Rana Muhammad Safdar, Coordinator National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) for Polio Eradication has said that during the last four years, Pakistan has witnessed 97 percent reduction in the reported polio cases, as the number of cases fell from 306 to 8 in the year 2017. He was addressing a meeting of National Emergency Operations [...]

15 05, 2018

Women across South Asia lack nutritional care they urgently need

2018-05-27T02:38:15+00:00

Pregnant and breastfeeding women need better nutrition to protect children from stunting and disease. The progress on improving nutritional care of women in South Asia during and after pregnancy is slow, impacting on their children’s survival, growth and development. A three-day regional conference on actions to accelerate improvements in women’s nutrition across South Asia is [...]

15 05, 2018

Need for stronger investment in children and adolescents discussed

2018-05-27T02:07:32+00:00

UNICEF is hosting parliamentarians from the entire South Asia region in an effort to increase investment in children and young adults, bringing about much needed change for millions of poor and improving the prospects for healthy economic growth in the region. The South Asia Parliamentarian Platform for Children (SAPPC) being held in Dhaka, Bangladesh aims [...]

15 04, 2018

New global guidance to promote Breastfeeding in health facilities issued

2018-05-10T21:08:59+00:00

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) jointly issued new ten-step guidance on Wednesday to increase support for breastfeeding in health facilities that provide maternity and newborn services. Breastfeeding is vital to a child's lifelong health, and reduces costs for health facilities, families, and governments. WHO statistics show that breastfeeding within [...]

15 03, 2018

Nearly 19 million newborns at risk of brain damage every year due to iodine deficiency

2018-03-20T21:48:50+00:00

UNICEF and GAIN urge immediate action to increase access to iodized salt amid longstanding evidence on how deficiency reduces cognitive ability   Nearly 19 million babies born globally every year – 14 per cent – are at risk of permanent yet preventable brain damage and reduced cognitive function due to a lack of iodine in [...]

15 03, 2018

25 million child marriages prevented due to accelerated progress – UNICEF

2018-03-20T21:36:08+00:00

Improving trend in child marriage driven largely by significant reductions in South Asia, but problem persists with over 150 million girls likely to marry by 2030 The prevalence of child marriage is decreasing globally with several countries seeing significant reductions in recent years, UNICEF said today. Overall, the proportion of women who were married as [...]

15 03, 2018

National Workshop on Countering Child Abuse

2018-03-20T21:30:50+00:00

A two-day national workshop on countering the menace of child abuse was inaugurated here today, bringing together key stakeholders from across the country to discuss and commit to a clear roadmap for the establishment of responsive and coordinated child protection systems. Hosted by the Government of Balochistan, in collaboration with the United Kingdom’s Department for [...]

15 03, 2018

PHC, UNICEF to set up Centres of excellence

2018-03-20T21:29:01+00:00

The Punjab Healthcare Commission and UNICEF will collaborate in establishing maternity and obstetrics centres of excellence in the province, where the Minimum Service Delivery Standards will be implemented besides imparting training to the medics. The areas of cooperation will also include standardisation of the healthcare establishments (HCEs), monitoring of the centres of excellence, and introducing [...]

15 03, 2018

Non-Formal Education Policy 2017 launched

2018-03-20T21:16:37+00:00

The Sindh Non-Formal Education (NFE) Policy was formally launched by Minister for Education and Literacy Jam Mahtab Hussain Dahar at a ceremony held recently in Karachi. The event was attended by School Education and Literacy Department (SELD) Secretary, Dr. Iqbal Durrani, USAID Deputy Mission Director John Smith-Sreen and representatives of other development agencies like JICA [...]

15 03, 2018

Japan provides USD 3.5 million for Educating children in Pakistan

2018-03-20T21:14:13+00:00

The Government of Japan will provide a grant of 393 million JPY (approximately USD 3.5 million) to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for supporting its initiative to provide Quality Alternative Education to out-of-school children and adolescents in Pakistan. Notes to this effect were signed and exchanged here today between H.E. Mr. Takashi Kurai, Ambassador [...]