Did you know that the Philippines is 1 of 3 Asian countries with the most number of malnourished cases? The hard fact is 95 Filipino children are dying from the condition every day.
Due to extreme poverty, most families don’t have enough to provide a well-balanced diet for both mother and her baby—endangering them both, and leaving a child with irreversible damage.
Malnutrition or having low weight for age in the first 1,000 days of life leads to physical and mental deficiencies that are permanent and irreversible. It causes improper mental and physical development, diminished mental and physical capacity, mental retardation, blindness, impaired ability to fight infections and increased risk for chronic diseases.
To save Fajad, health workers enrolled him in UNICEF’s Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) program where he was given 2 to 3 Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) sachets per day, deworming tablets, vitamins and medicine for at least 2 to 3 months straight barring any other complications. Thankfully, for Fajad, it only took a few weeks to gain weight—and life.
You can help save children from malnutrition in their first 1,000 days of life.
With your monthly donation as a UNICEF Champion for Children, you can help:
- Provide health care and proper nutrition for mothers before, during and after pregnancy
- Ensure children are breastfed within the first hour of birth, are exclusively breastfed in the first six months with complementary feeding up to two years old and beyond, and are immunized from disease in their first year of life
- Provide life-saving treatment to severely malnourished children below five years old