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Ehsaas Nashonuma Program

Last Updated on January 31, 2024 by Ayesha Khan

The Ehsaas Nashonuma Program is a conditional health and nutrition financial assistance program of the Government of Pakistan to overcome the problem of stunting in children under 23 months of age¹.

What is Stunting

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), stunting is a developmental weakness due to poor diet and persistent infections. In Pakistan, high rates of stunting (40.2%), underweight (28.9%) and vesting (17.7%) indicates the ongoing food crisis in children. Stents negatively affect brain function, organ development, and the immune system, ultimately limiting productivity¹.

Importance of Ehsaas Nashonuma

In his first address to the nation, the Prime Minister highlighted malnutrition and vowed to solve this problem. Under the vision of PM Imran Khan, the Ehsaas Program has introduced a new conditional cash transfer (CCT) program called “Ehsas Nashonuma“¹.

Benefits and Facilities

The Ehsaas Nashonuma Program aims to provide the following facilities to control the problem of stunting in children under 23 months of age:

  • The provision of special nutritious food for pregnant & lactating women, especially children (under 23 months).
  • The purpose of conditional financial assistance quarterly is to facilitate the health and nutrition services for consumers (Rs. 1,500 / – per quarter stipend for pregnant and lactating women and children and Rs. 2,000 / – per child for girls Quarterly stipend)
  • Immunizations for pregnant, lactating women and children (under 23 months)
  • Breastfeeding, Hygiene and Nutrition Awareness Sessions
  • Prenatal / postnatal care every quarter¹.

Practical Implementation

In the first phase, a pilot project has been launched in 14 districts of the country, which have been selected based on higher stunt rates and in consultation with the concerned provincial health department. At the tehsil level, 50 Ehsaas Nashonuma Centers have been set up under which all health-related facilities and services can be provided in one place¹.

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