‘Women in our tribes have to learn how to take care of their babies on their own.”
Malnutrition in Pakistani children is cause for serious concern. Just consider these numbers from the Pakistan Demographic and Health Survey 2012-13:
Healthcare professionals associated with medical aid charity, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), find that lack of breastfeeding is one of the prime causes for this high level of malnutrition. These observations are based on the NGO’s work dealing with malnutrition in Balochistan.
In 2008, MSF began working in the eastern districts of Jaffarbad and Naseerabad in Balochistan, supporting primarily nutrition programmes for children under five years in the District Headquarter Hospital in Dera Murad Jamali, with a network of ATFC mobile clinics and outreach sites.