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Sania convenes meeting on commercialisation of SNF

ISLAMABAD – Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on So­cial Protection (SAPM) Dr. Sania Nishtar Wednesday convened a consultative meeting on, ‘Prospective Com­mercialization of the Specialized Nutritious Foods (SNFs) Policy’ with Ehsaas Nashonu­ma stakeholders. 

The meeting aimed to discuss the viability of commercialization of SNF, said a news release.

In the meeting, regu­latory and fiscal hur­dles were outlined and recommendations to manufacture and bring specialized nutrition food to the shelves of retail stores and phar­macies at affordable prices were discussed. Nutrition is multisec­toral element of Ehsaas and commercialization of SNF is included in the Ehsaas strategy as Policy #65 ‘Specialized nutrition food made available for stunted and wasted children in a cost- effective manner’.

The cost of the diet study conducted in Paki­stan indicates that a large portion (66%) of the population is not able to afford the cheapest pos­sible nutritious diet.

Ehsaas therefore, rec­ognized the need for for­mulating a national com­mercialization policy to ensure easy and afford­able access to affordable SNF”, said Dr. Nishtar while addressing the meeting. “The SNF com­mercialization will uti­lize the 1,000 days win­dow of opportunity and is clearly a major area for expansion to sustain­ably tackle the economic and social impact of mal­nutrition being faced by Pakistan”, she added.

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