Aamir Khan
Bollywood actor Aamir Khan attends a news conference after an event to launch him as a United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Regional Goodwill Ambassador for south Asia, in Kathmandu October 9, 2014. [Representational image]Reuters

Bollywood star and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for South Asia, Aamir Khan, visited Bhutan on Wednesday, October 19, to promote nutrition for children where he interacted with local health workers and volunteers. The campaign aims at curbing the stunted growth of kids throughout South Asia, which is caused by malnutrition.

UNICEF Bhutan Country Representative, Rudolf Schwenk, informed Khan about the steps taken by the United Nations (UN) programme to tackle the stunted growth issue across Bhutan.

"Today, I heard many remarkable stories about how young mothers have been able to deliver healthy babies despite complications and challenges," Khan stated in a video on the UNICEF South Asia's Facebook page.

"This says a lot about the importance of having an efficient health care system with trained health workers in place, which ultimately plays a crucial role in saving many children's lives.

"I have heard so many good things about the progress Bhutan has been making but there's always scope for improvement and we are concerned about reaching every last child," he added.

The Dangal actor even interacted with young Bhutanese mothers and their kids in Drukgyel Basic Health Unit, which was established in Paro in 1998. The unit offers public health services such as pre-birth and post-pregnancy care to women, cervical cancer screening, family planning and immunisation.

UNICEF also supports vaccination programmes and reproductive health.

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