Child malnutrition has reached emergency levels in Pakistan, particularly in Sindh province, where monsoon floods devastated the country's poorest region for a second year running. It is the single biggest contributor to deaths amongst under-fives by increasing the risk of infection and retarding recovery from illnesses. It stuns both mental and physical growth and children's future capacities, sapping the next generation's ability to meet the demands of a country already facing a ever more unstable future.
According to UN reports, hundreds of thousands of children in Pakistan suffer from severe-acute-malnutrition, with 15.1% experiencing acute malnourishment. The Economist recently reported that 44% of children in Pakistan are suffer from varying degrees of malnutrition. Extreme poverty, poor diet, exposure to disease and inadequate sanitation and hygiene have been causing alarming levels of child malnutrition for years but the floods of 2010 and 2011 have turned this historically damaging phenomenon into a national crisis.