Seminar on National Nutrition Strategy at FJWU

RAWLPINDI: To celebrate National Nutrition Month, Sociology Department of Fatima Jinnah Women University organized a seminar on “National Nutrition Strategy and Plan of Action”. It was jointly arranged in collaboration with Sustainable Social Development Organization (SSDO). Chief Guest of the seminar was Dr. Atiya Aabroo, Deputy Director Programs, Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination. Objective of the seminar was to create awareness among students to improve their health status.

In her opening remarks Dr. Atiya Aabroo said that her ministry is committed for helping the people of Pakistan to maintain and improve their health and to make our population among the healthier in the region. She elaborated the steps taken by the government to improve the health condition in country as Pakistan is one of the countries with the highest burden of malnutrition in the world. She discussed situation analysis in detailed. She said that while the first 1,000 days remain a critical period in term of nutritional need. Adolescents is characterized by rapid biological and psychosocial growth and development up to 45 percent of skeletal growth and 15 to 25 percent of adult height is achieved during adolescence, she added. Nutrition is the crucial area which need to be address at this time to save the future generations. Dr. Aabroo reiterated that nutrition remains the backbone of health and urged students to focus on research as lack of data for this age group is a major problem. She added further that an effective behavioral change communication strategy must be implemented in this regard and the role of academia and Media is significant in it.

At the end, Dr. Adeela Rehman, Incharge Department of Sociology thanked the honorable guest speaker for sharing her valuable thoughts and government policies with the students. She presented university souvenir to the guest speaker as a token of appreciation. A large number of student attended the seminar and also benefited from free health screening camp.

Picture of the worthy guests Dr. Atiya Aabroo with Faculty Advisor, Dr. Sarwet Rasual and Dr. Adeela Rehman

Dr. Atiya Aabroo addressing the students