Pakistan has global acute malnutrition (GAM) rate of almost 18pc, exceeding the emergency threshold of less than 10pc. To address this, the NGO Fortified Education Foundation (FEF) has embarked on a journey to feed the malnourished mindfully with certified nutritionists on board who devise recipes to nourish children, according to a press release.

Plaguing Pakistan at an alarming rate, the most affected lot remains school-going children aged between five and 15. A recent study in Karachi's urban slums found that the frequency of malnutrition among this category was: 38.3pc (stunting), 28.5pc (wasting), and 17.5pc (underweight).

Another study from Islamabad showed similar results. Malnutrition causes weakness, weight loss, impaired thinking, and a compromised immune system stunting their growth.

Currently, the NGO feeds about 350-400 children daily, trying to make a difference in their lives. The NGO is committed to amplifying its efforts all across Karachi after starting off from Orangi Town.

Agha Khan's sustainability efforts

Aga Khan Health Service, Pakistan, an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), has won the silver award in the Ashikaga-Nikken Excellence award category for Green Hospitals at the International Hospital Federation (IHF) Awards 2022, according to a press release.

In Pakistan, waste volumes and emissions have been controlled at health facilities operated by Aga Khan Health Service, Pakistan, by up to 60pc. Air conditioners and refrigerators have been shifted to use the most environment-friendly gases. All facilities and offices are in the process of switching to energy-efficient lights or, in some cases, solar energy.

In remote valleys, Aga Khan Health Service has made it possible for patients to connect with doctors in urban areas working in modern health facilities via teleconsultations. This not only saves patients' time and money but also impacts emissions by minimising the need to travel.

Minister visits POF's stall at IDEAS

On the 4th day of the International Defence Exhibition and Seminar (IDEAS-2022), Muhammad Israr Tareen, Federal Minister for Defence Production, visited the Pakistan Ordnance Factories (POF) Stall. POF has a vast indigenous range of over 11 products that were launched at IDEAS-2022, according to a press release.

Products include 12.7mm heavy sniper and 5.56x45mm ammunition. The heavy sniper rifle ammo is a high-precision armour-piercing cartridge for long-range shooting against...

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