Government of Sindh (GoS) through the Planning and Development Department (PDD) is implementing a six-year, from 2016 to 2021, multi-sectoral Sindh Accelerated Action Plan for Reduction of Stunting and Malnutrition (AAP), with the objective of reducing stunting rate from the existing 48 percent to 40 percent by 2021. The European Union (EU), under the EU Commission Action Plan on Nutrition 2014, is supporting GoS in addressing the issue of malnutrition. European Union has approved the Programme for Improved Nutrition in Sindh (PINS) to be implemented in ten districts of Sindh. PINS will build upon the social mobilisation approach to community driven development (CDD) of RSPN and RSPs.
The overall objective of four-year programme for Improved Nutrition in Sindh (PINS) is to sustainably improve the nutritional status of children under five and of pregnant and lactating women (PLWs) in Sindh corresponding to the second target indicator of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) No 2.
Expected Result (ER) 3
This component includes nutrition-sensitive interventions i.e. Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and Agriculture & Food Security (AFS).
Sindh Rural Support Organisation is the implementing partner of RSPN for the ER-3 component and will focus on the following:
- Improve community-level access to safe drinking water and improved sanitation.
- Capacitate communities to practice for climate resilient small-scale kitchen gardening, integrated community farming through training.
- provision of inputs and technical oversight.
- Enable communities for food diversification through livestock, poultry and fisheries focused interventions.
- Improve crop production through introduction of climate-smart crop production technologies, training and provision of inputs.
- Empower community institutions to develop and implement disaster risk reduction plans and reduce the impacts of floods and drought at local level.
Expected Result (ER) 2
This component covers nutrition-specific interventions and is being led by Action Against Hunger Pakistan.
Sindh Rural Support Organisation is the implementing partner of RSPN for the ER-2 component and will focus on the following :
- Treatment of Malnutrition – Identify Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) and administer outpatient therapeutic programme care to nutrition stabilisation centres according to protocols – in health facilities supported by an outreach programme to screen children and women.
- A referral system for children’s follow up.
- Infant Young Child Feeding (IYCF) for preventive work at facilities, particularly for children with Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM).
- Behaviour Change Communication programme for improved nutrition.
- Nutrition-specific sanitation and feeding practices.
- PINS ER-2 also aims to engage with communities and media to promote breast-feeding and complementary feeding and to improve hygiene and dietary practices.