Aamir Khan is delight as he has been appointed the Unicef Ambassador for South Asia, today, October 09, 2014. Aamir Khan would support Unicef‘s work to promote the right of South Asian children to nutrition.
In a programme organised in Kathmandu, the United Nations Agency officially announced Aamir Khan as new Unicef Ambassador after he visited Kapilvastu and Lumbini in west Nepal to observe a locally initiated nutrition programme by women health volunteers, saving thousands of children from malnutrition, a common phenomenon in South Asia.
After sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia reports the highest number of deaths of children under the age of five. In this region, thirty eight percent of the children under the age of five have stunted growth due to chronic under nutrition.
According to Unicef, an estimated twenty eight percent children are born with low birth weight, largely due to women’s poor nutrition during and before pregnancy.
“I am delighted to become an ambassador of Unicef in South Asia. I hope my messages on the importance of children’s nutrition will make parents, families at all levels support and adopt proven services and nutrition practices that will help children grow and develop to their full potential.” stated Aamir Kha post his endorsement.
Child stunting remains one of the greatest development challenges in South Asia, he said, adding that stunted children have stunted bodies, stunted brains and stunted lives.
“Compared with children who are not stunted, stunted children have poorer cognitive development, often enrol later in school, complete fewer grades and learn less, leading to reduced productivity and income-earning in adult life,” he added.
The most crucial time to meet a child’s nutrition needs is during the thousand days from conception to the child’s second birthday. Proven and effective interventions during this time can prevent malnutrition and drastically reduce the prevalence of stunting.
Aamir Khan has been chosen as ambassador at a time when the whole world is celebrating the twenty fifth anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Aamir Khan is delight as he has been appointed the Unicef Ambassador for South Asia, today, October 09, 2014. Aamir Khan would support Unicef's work t...3.5