450,000 children die every year of malnutrition and related diseases in Pakistan. According to a study by Pakistani health experts highlights this deplorable statistic. Speaking during a two-day workshop, conducted by Save the Children, health experts held the Pakistan government accountable for lack of attention in this regard. During all wars between Pakistan and India since 1947, the total number of killings has been less than 10,000 in Pakistan. Not noticing such huge number of children vanishing is very alarming, the report said.
The workshop’s main objective was to raise awareness about the issue by highlighting importance of child and maternal health in the media. The experts said every child had equal rights and deserved an equal chance to survive. It was unjustifiable that children still die of pneumonia, diarrhoea, measles and other conditions that the world had both the knowledge and resources to cure, the experts said. Among the speakers was Luc Laviolette, a senior nutrition specialist at World Bank, who provided an overview of various forms of malnutrition and the state of child and maternal health in Pakistan.