In South Sudan, after a night of rumbling stomach, Nyagon sits quietly waiting for her mom to prepare breakfast.
Nyagon’s mother pours hot tea into a glass and passes it to her daughter. Some days, this is all Nyagon has for breakfast, on other days, she has nothing.
Twin brothers Chan and Ngor in South Sudan share a bowl of maize porridge prepared by their mother.
In less than two minutes, the bowl is emptied. But it is hardly enough for the growing boys.
In Burundi, Elyse rarely gets to have breakfast, his mother often just gives him a piece of sweet potato to eat.
Alice carries some sweet potato slices to soothe Elyse’s hunger.
At the heart of World Vision’s Global Health and Nutrition Strategy is a package of preventive interventions targeted at mothers and children. There are seven interventions for mothers from pregnancy to post-pregnancy and 11 interventions for children under 2 years old, aimed at strengthening existing community-level structures and assets, building the capacity of families and communities to prevent and manage maternal and child malnutrition.
children under 5 who suffer from acute malnutrition, World Vision uses the
Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) approach. Acute
malnutrition is usually caused by a sudden lack of food – often due to a
drought or other natural disasters. The tell-tale
sign is wasting, measured by low weight in relation to height. Without
sufficient food, a child’s body uses energy stored in fat – eventually causing
the body to break down.
World Vision staff or volunteers monitor the nutrition condition of children in their communities to identify severe acute malnourished children under 5. CMAM encourages home-based treatment by providing a cost-effective intervention using ready-to-use therapeutic food – Plumpy’nut. It looks and tastes like peanut butter. Plumpy’nut is frequently used for treatment of emergency malnutrition cases. When administered regularly, Plumpy’nut can help acutely malnourished children recover in a matter of weeks. Meanwhile, World Vision staff or volunteers work with parents to improve feeding practice and provide a balanced diet for their children. From 2013 to 2015, over 500,000 children have been treated through World Vision’s CMAM programmes.
With the right food and sufficient nutrients, children can enjoy a worry-free childhood; a healthy body gives them the opportunity to realise their dreams. Today, malnutrition is still the most serious yet curable health problem in the world. We must not give up our fight to end hunger so no more precious lives of under-5 children will be lost to malnourishment!
[Words from CEO] In Kolkata, in a slum, the morning spent chatting with Sujit and Khushboo gives me a lot of joy and hope.
[Child Sponsorship] “My father used to motivate me a lot to study. He named me ‘Sitara’ which translates as ‘star’.”
[World Watch] Last Christmas, the community of Rushinga received a wonderful gift – accessing clean water from a tap.
[World Watch] “I was often sad and hungry at school so my performance was poor,” says Teresa.
In 2016, World Vision Hong Kong raised over HK$39.35 million to respond to emergencies.