Social Protection Resource Centre

The Underfed Seniors Of Pakistan

Sitting in his rather spartan clinic in a poor neighborhood of Rahim Yar Khan, Dr. Mohammad Saeed Tahir feels concerned about malnutrition affecting the health of the senior patients that he comes across in his practice.
“As per routine, I ask my senior patients to eat well,” he says. “But now I have stopped because most of them become silent when it comes to eating nutritious food. For most of them, it is a question of affordability.”
Rampant malnutrition and its intermittent treatment among the elderly is no less than unconscious euthanasia, says Dr. Tahir. While malnutrition for the mother and child remains a much-discussed issue, malnutrition also has catastrophic health impacts on senior people.