Karachi, March 31, 2017 (PPI-OT): World Bank Practice Manager Social Protection and Labour South Asia Region Mr. Pablo Gottret accompanied by Senior Social Protection Specialist Sohail Ali Abbasi called on Sindh Minister for Social Welfare Shamim Mumtaz at her office and discussed to initiate pilot project in Umer Kot and Tharparkar districts for the reduction of malnutrition and stunting.
Secretary Social Welfare Altaf Ahmed Bijarani, Additional Secretary Muhammad Essa Memon , Deputy Secretary Hafeez Mahessar , Director General Social Welfare Muhammad Raheem Lakho and other officers were also present on the occasion.
The pilot project under the umbrella of social protection component of Sindh Accelerated Action Plan is being started initially in two districts which will be scaled up to another two districts. Later, it will be extended in all districts of province.
The objective of the program is to increase utilization of nutrition/health services and improve behaviour of mothers initially. The program will cater the women from the beginning of their pregnancy till their infants reach the age of two years.
Sindh minister for social welfare said that Sindh government was striving hard to provide masses social protection including health facilities at their doorsteps. She praised the role of World Bank for technical and financial support and hoped that it will continue to assist Sindh government. World Bank dignitaries assured their full support and assistance in making the project a success.
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