Nutrition Status of Women in Reproductive Age and Children Under 5 In Rural Areas

  • To explore current nutrition status of women and children under the age of 5 of rural regions from each district of Pakistan.

  • To develop nutrition education lessons based on WHO/UNICEF recommendations and to standardize them with the major aim to educate, particularly the head of the farming family about the importance of appropriate nutrition in health of their women and its effect on their children's wellbeing.

  • To provide guidelines to the families to enhance the productivity of high quality foods; to select the appropriate dietary items and better utilization of available foods.

  • To evaluate the effect of nutrition education on health and nutritional status of women and children.

Intervention & Measuring Outcomes

Nutrition programmes will be developed using WHO/UNICEF recent dietary recommendations. It will also include methods, specific to each district, of teaching communities to get adequate diet within available resources to improve nutritional status and reduce morbidity and mortality in women and children. From carrying out this research plan SAMEO will be able to identify key deficiencies in the districts of Pakistan and accordingly construct effective educational programmes and other required procedure to prevent nutrient deficiency in Women from rural regions which in turn will result in better maternal health and therefore decreased stillbirth rates.