Jordanian Princess emphasises investment in nutrition of women, children

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Jordan’s Princess Sarah Zeid, who is also the World Food Program (WFP) Ambassador and Special Advisor on Nutrition, arrived in Pakistan Sunday morning.At Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport, she was received by Sindh Minister for Poverty Alleviation Shazia Marri and Karachi Administrator Murtaza Wahab.

Princess Sarah will meet Sindh Chief Minister and other officials during her visit.She will also visit a nourishment center in Nawabshah. Princess Sarah is a humanitarian and maternal and newborn health activist.  She married U.N. Commissioner on Human Rights Prince Zeid bin Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein, a Jordanian prince on 5 July 2000 in Amman.

Meanwhile, her Royal Highness Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan arrived on a one-week mission in Karachi today in her role as a Special Advisor on Maternal & Child Health and Nutrition of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

HRH Princess Sarah is visiting Pakistan to acknowledge the concerted efforts of the Government of Pakistan, WFP and partners in addressing malnutrition in the country, especially maternal malnutrition, within and outside the health system.  The Princess will also emphasize the importance of investing in nutrition of women and children with a life cycle approach.

HRH Princess Sarah Zeid will meet with high-level government officials in Karachi and Islamabad to appreciate their efforts in placing stunting prevention as a top priority. She will visit several WFP-supported nutrition projects in Sindh and Islamabad and see first-hand how WFP is supporting the government in addressing malnutrition through the Benazir Nashonuma Programme, particularly stunting that affects 12 million or up to two-thirds of children in Pakistan. Her Royal Highness will share best practices on maternal nutrition and her learnings from Pakistan at relevant global fora after her visit.

The World Food Programme assists the Government of Pakistan in malnutrition prevention activities, enhancing social and public sector capacity to identify, target and assist nutritionally vulnerable populations. The target is that children under 5 years of age, adolescent girls and women of reproductive age, have improved nutrition in line with national targets in Pakistan Vision 2025.

 

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