KATHMANDU, Sept. 20: Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai made public the Multi Sector Nutrition Plan to Accelerate Improvement of Maternal and Child Nutrition in Nepal prepared by the National Planning Commission (NPC) here today.
On the occasion, Prime Minister Dr. Bhattarai also released the 10th International Volunteering Year Book on activities of volunteers in development works of the country.
There is a plan to reduce chronic malnutrition by 20 per cent in the next five years in the Multi-Sector Plan.
Consultation meeting will be held by coordinating with the concerned ministries, donor agencies, experts and civil society and a package programme would be brought with strategic goals on the basis of priority.
The plan incorporates objectives of increasing multi sector cooperation and coordination, strengthening monitoring and evaluation procedures, determining the financial resources and manpower to guarantee the capacity and commitment for sustainable implementation of the programme in order to take stock of the progress.
Now there are 41 per cent children stunted for lack of nutrition in Nepal, it is learnt.
On the occasion, Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai said the government is committed to fulfill all the goals of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and added that some achievements have been made in reducing child mortality and malnutrition rate.
He further said problems of poverty, lack of education and geographical remoteness have been hampering development attempts.
The Prime Minister said programmes of increasing food security and social and economic programmes to reduce malnutrition are in the top priority of the government.
Pointing out the need of technical and financial assistance from donor agencies for the development works of Nepal, he said service of international volunteers will be encouraging in these works.
Similarly, Vice-Chairman of the NPC, Dipendra Bahadur Chhetri said malnutrition problem is a major problem in the country and expressed the commitment for facilitation and providing all support needed for the implementation of the Multi-Sector Nutrition Plan.
Chhetri said role of volunteering service will be more effective to increase service and facility for the backward people in remote areas.