Looking at the  malnutrition and stunted growth, I always think that there should be a scheme to root out this situation. A major step taken by former PM Imran Khan was in the shape of Ehsaas Nashonuma program. 

Benazir Income Support program started in 2008 was later extended and improved in the form of Ehsaas Program. Ehsaas program aimed at the alleviation of poverty, food shortage, providing Ehsaas rashan for the needy, stipend for the unemployed and shelter homes and langar to the depressed strata of society.

PM Imran Khan had laid a great stress on the eradication of stunted growth and malnutrition not only in the children but also in the pregnant women before giving birth to babies. Therefore, he introduced Ehsas Nashonuma program, now a days called Benazir Nashonuma program.

According to an estimate of 2023, 240,485,658 people live in Pakistan which is 9.22% of world population. In the year 2023, According to UNICEF 102,449,594 children are under age 18.  

Among them, 17.7% of them are victim to stunted growth and malnutrition. 40.2% children are facing nutrition deficiency and 28.9% are underweight. Due to stunted growth, height is also affected and less heighted children are 7% of the total figure.

BISP Nashonuma program has targeted the children under two years and aim at providing the pregnant women with best possible nutrition to avoid deficiency of nutrients during pregnancy. Children are the future of Pakistan and it is said that a healthy body has a healthy mind. 

So, those mothers giving birth to the young leading minds of nation should be strong and healthy. To fulfill this purpose, Ehsaas Nashonuma Program gives 17000 to the new borns. A baby girls will recieve 2500 while a baby  boy would get 2000 after 3  months in their first 1000 days.

These days are crucial for the health and betterment of a child. So, they are targeted through Nashonuma. Pregnant women can get 2000 through Benazir Nashonuma program. Approximately, 1.5 million women and children  benefited from Benazir Nashonuma program.

If you are unemployed and want assistance you can apply for Ehsaas Kafalat Program. 12000 cash is given in this program.

  • A baby boy under age two years
  • A baby girl under age of two years
  • A pregnant woman
  • Lactating mothers
  • Stunted growth children and malnutritioned mothers
Image showing eligibility criteria for Ehsaas Nashonuma Program

To get register for this revolutionary program, visit the official website 8171 and get yourself registered on 8171 portal. CNIC is required and enter it in the prescribed section of portal. You can check your eligibility there.

Helpline for this Nashunuma program is 051-9210047. For any query, you can email on official email: [email protected]

Initially there were 487 centers in 9 districts later extended to 156 districts. The list of areas for Ehsaas Nashonuma Program centers’ are:

Upper Dir
Gilgit BaltistanMartian Balan
Hatian Bala
Capital TerritoryIslamabad

To put it in a nutshell, in the changing era of world, Ehsaas Nashonuma program is a pivotal step by Govt. of Pakistan under umbrella of Ehsaas program and continuity of Benazir Income support program. 

It targets the pregnant women, lactating mother and the children under two years of age to facilitate them fulfilling their nutrition needs and avoid the stunted growth issue in young children. The foundation of Young minds of Pakistan is secured and safe through Ehsaas Nashonuma Program.

List of districts eligible for this program is given above

From 8171 web portal, you can check your payment status.

You can send your CNIC number to 8171 for registration and eligibility check

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