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The problem of malnutrition in the Philippines

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Malnutrition is  a term that refers to both undernutrition and  over nutrition. Undernutrition results from undernourishment, defined by the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations as “a level of food intake insufficient to meet dietary energy requirements”. Undernourished people constantly live on less than required number of calories and don’t receive essential vitamins and nutrients. It is the cause of death for more than 2.5 million children every year, and 1/3 of all deaths in children under the age of 5 in developing countries are linked to undernourishment.

There’s still a lot to be done when it comes to the big problem of hunger and malnutrition among children in the Philippines. A Social Weather Stations poll also found that 43% or an estimated 9.3 million families consider themselves food-poor or are unable to feed themselves the right quality and quantity of food. What exacerbates the problem is the frequent occurrence of disasters that leave many victims and survivors alike hungry, like happen especially in the areas of Eastern Visayas where Super Typhoon Yolanda hit in November 2013. The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) together with the World Food Programme (WFP) are working in projects such us #ZeroHunger and the #HungerProject in order to fight the phenomenon.

Kito Onlus, thanks to the work of the Kito-Health in San Fernando, is taking care of the wellness of the children of the community, for example with the distribution of Vitamins A, essential for the right grow and development of the body, and the constant monitoring of their weight and height. Hunger can be stopped, food security must become a priority!