About us

Launch of the Multi Sectoral Nutrition Strategy (MSNS) in 2015 envisioned an innovative approach towards catering to the prevalent dismal condition of malnutrition in the province. MSNS pioneered a multi sectoral commitment which beckoned the need for collaboration and partnership in order to achieve a well-nourished Punjab.

The Multi Sectoral Nutrition Center, Planning and Development Department, is an initiative of the Government of the Punjab with the aim of making nutrition a priority in the province. Presently, the Center is coordinating major efforts towards ensuring the implementation of MSNS by providing leadership, oversight, technical assistance, coordination, and monitoring and evaluation of nutrition interventions in the province.

MSNC is spearheading the collaborative efforts amongst all relevant sectors namely: Health, Education, Population, Water, Sanitation & Hygiene, Agriculture, Fisheries and Livestock, Food and Social Protection.


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44%
Stunting rate of Pakistan
(Much higher than the global rate)

33.5%
Stunting rate in Punjab

17.5%
Wasting Rate in Punjab

33.7%
Under Weight Children in Punjab





Health

Good nutrition plays a critical role towards a healthy mind and body, whereas a strong immune system is essential towards maintaining a proper nutritional status; thus marking a symbiotic relationship between health and nutrition. Inadequate nutrition, due to persistent micronutrient deficiencies, lowers immunity. While on the other hand, low immunity provokes bouts of infection, resulting in low appetite and leading to a perilous cycle of malnutrition and poor health.


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Education

Investment in education is the single most effective driver of socio-economic growth. However, educational attainment is affected by a multitude of factors; one of the biggest obstacles towards academic success is the inadequate nutritional status of a child. Inadequate nutrition not only hinders physical growth but also thwarts cognitive and behavioral potential, thereby affecting learning and performance of children in schools.

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Population

Demographic trends play an integral role towards influencing nutritional indicators; an increase in the population size proportionally drives up the demand for provision of public services thereby, burdening the country’s limited resources. Ensuring equitable receipt of adequate nutrition services for every single being thus, becomes extremely challenging. Addressing rapid population growth through increasing demand for family planning services and catering to the high incidence of unmet need in the province will help enhance food security and improve the quality of life particularly for the marginalized communities.

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Water, Sanitation
& Hygiene


In Pakistan, as in the rest of the Asian region, diarrhea and pneumonia continue to be the leading causes of death amongst children under the age of 5. Child deaths from diarrhea and pneumonia are largely preventable through access to adequate nutrition and safe drinking water. Incorporating appropriate sanitation practices such as hand washing with soap at critical times are essential to improve the nutritional status of a child by safeguarding him/her from common illness.

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Social Protection

4 out of 10 Pakistanis live in multidimensional Poverty which adds up to a whopping 39% and 31% of the country’s population and Punjab’s population, respectively. Pakistan faces massive challenges in terms of poverty with one third of the world’s population still living below the poverty line and over half of the vulnerable population lacking basic human and physical needs with limited or negligible access to essential social services.


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Agriculture

The potential impacts of agricultural activities on nutrition are enormous and far reaching. Agriculture, essentially forms the basis of food security and in turn creates ease of access to safe and healthy food thereby laying the foundation for nutrition. On the other hand, at the microeconomic level, agriculture impacts a household’s ability to produce, consume and purchase; a rise in the supply of food staples such as rice or wheat not only increases food security (access to food) but also results in lower prices of food staples, thereby increasing disposable income.

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Food

Globally, the population boom has deeply affected the demand for food along with the need for production of food. Limited availability of food has compounded the problem of food insecurity. Pakistan, despite being an agrarian hub, has high levels of food insecurity with almost 58% of Pakistanis categorized as food insecure. These high rates are the product of an amalgamation of factors namely the poor security situation, economic instability, and natural disaster faced by the country in the past couple of years.

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Fisheries and Livestock

The development of both livestock and fisheries is vital to improving food security and nutrition in the country. Its role can have a direct impact by (i) increasing the quantity and diversity of food, (ii) driving economic transformation, (iii) and providing the primary source of income for many of the world’s poorest people.

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