SRSP helps children affected by malnutrition
Food shortage among children in flood affected zones was a serious problem, however NGOs are working to address that. Father of a 12 year old boy says that NGOs provided his malnourished child biscuits to eat twice a day. A nutrition officer with SRSP says that the biggest cause of malnourishment is parental negligence and lack of availability of nutritional diet.
Food for work program helps alleviate unemployment
People in Dera Ghazi Khan are able to feed their families thanks to a food for work program initiated by Awaz Foundation. One beneficiary of the program says that they have to work for only ten days a month and are free to pursue other jobs for the rest of the 20 days. Field Manager for the program says that those people have been selected who have either less than five acres of land, or families with a lot of children or are widows.
Women and children educated about nutrition
Observing dangerous levels of malnutrition among women and children in Mianwali, an NGO has started a campaign to provide food and spread awareness among people about malnutrition. One villager says that a team of lady health workers visited her house and diagnosed her child, and gave medicines. Rural Development Institutes’ project coordinator says that they while they treat the nutritional deficiencies, the program will ultimately end, hence they spread awareness as well.
IDPs at Sukkur camp refuse to go back
Despite the absence of food and other facilities at a Sukkur camp, the IDPs are refusing to return to their areas. One woman says that they have nothing left back home, no crops are left, at the camp their men have found work. The local DCO says that they are willing to provide transportation to anyone who wishes to go back, however large outstanding loans discourage farmers from returning.
NGO adresses malnutrition among IDPS in Thatta
Poverty and a general lack of food items in the post floods Sindh has led to rising malnutrition among IDPs. Merlin, an NGO is focussing on countering malnutrition among pregnant women and young children by providing free treatment. A doctor with Merlin says that as many as 24 out of every 100 children suffer from malnutrition in the camp.