Humanitarian response: research in Pakistan calls for an integrated approach

PEFSA Responding to Emergencies


The Pakistan Emergency Food Security Alliance (PEFSA) recently conducted research in Badin and Sanghar to assess the impact of each modality i.e. Nutrition, FSL and WASH and outline the best combination to address malnutrition. 

The research findings pointed out that integrated interventions related to food security and water, sanitation and hygiene gave better results to overcome malnutrition. However, unless the fundamental issues related to malnutrition (access to land, jobs, knowledge etc) are addressed; the issue of malnutrition in Sindh will remain a challenge. 

Both the research and this documentary were shared at an event organized by PEFSA. Speaking on the occasion Arif Jabbar Khan, Country Director of Oxfam said, “PEFSA with the support of European Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) has been implementing nutrition sensitive programs to overcome malnutrition and food insecurity in Pakistan, particularly in Sindh and although we have reached a million people it is still only a drop in the ocean and there is a long way ahead. This is an unfortunate calamity that so many children are suffering due to causes which can be easily prevented and addressed with effective public policy interventions.”