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Child undernutrition in Pakistan : what do we know ?


  • Raju,Dhushyanth
  • Dsouza,Ritika
  • Raju,Dhushyanth
  • Dsouza,Ritika


Pakistan has an extraordinarily high and persistent level of child undernutrition. To effectively tackle the problem, the design of public policies and programs needs to be based on evidence. Toward this end, this paper presents a narrative review of the available empirical and qualitative literature on child undernutrition in Pakistan. It summarizes evidence for the country on, among other things, food consumption, spatial variation and trends in undernutrition rates, levels and effects of generally theorized determinants of undernutrition, and effects of various interventions on undernutrition. Based on patterns revealed in and insights gained from the cumulative evidence, the review lays out considerations and suggestions for further data collection and research, and for policy and practice.

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  • Raju,Dhushyanth & Dsouza,Ritika & Raju,Dhushyanth & Dsouza,Ritika, 2017. "Child undernutrition in Pakistan : what do we know ?," Policy Research Working Paper Series 8049, The World Bank.
  • Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:8049

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    1. Haroon JAMAL*, 2018. "EXPLORING THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MOTHER'S EMPOWERMENT AND CHILD NUTRITIONAL STATUS: An Evidence from Pakistan," Pakistan Journal of Applied Economics, Applied Economics Research Centre, vol. 28(2), pages 189-211.
    2. Awaisra Shafiq & Abid Hussain & Muhammad Asif & Jinsoo Hwang & Arif Jameel & Shahida Kanwel, 2019. "The Effect of “Women’s Empowerment” on Child Nutritional Status in Pakistan," IJERPH, MDPI, vol. 16(22), pages 1-9, November.
    3. Muhammad Akbar & Atta Muhammad Asif & Fazil Hussain, 2022. "Does maternal empowerment improve dietary diversity of children? Evidence from Pakistan demographic and health survey 2017–18," International Journal of Health Planning and Management, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 37(6), pages 3297-3311, November.


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