Nutrition and Vitamins
combating malnutrition in children suffering from extreme poverty
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What is Malnutrition?
Malnutrition refers to a combination of nutrition-related deficiencies, excesses, and imbalances. It includes:
- undernutrition (wasting, stunting, underweight)
- micronutrient-related malnutrition, which can be both a deficiency or an excess of vitamins and minerals
- diet-related non-communicable diseases such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and some cancers
- overweight and obesity
How Does Malnutrition Affect a Child's Development
A developing body that is given the food and nutrition needed to grow and thrive will develop a foundation for a sturdy brain architecture and the accompanying range of broad physical, social, and emotional skills.
Childhood malnutrition can decrease the effectiveness of the immune system, causing child health to be more heavily impacted by disease or injury. Malnutrition can damage organs and the brain, causing impaired speech, memory, and overall cognitive processing skills.
Children five years of age and younger are especially vulnerable to malnourishment. They are also more susceptible to infection, and without access to quality health care, they can quickly become ill or pass away. A lack of food security, combined with poor access to quality health care, dilapidated housing, and poor sanitation, compounds the effects of poverty on children.
Fighting Inadequate Child Nutrition
Combating the prevalence of malnutrition, in all its forms, is one of the greatest global health challenges we face. Quite simply, child malnutrition is a public health crisis.
With educating families about proper nutrition and our multi-vitamin program, we hope to curve the malnutrition issue in the villages and orphanages we serve. Meeting a child’s need for proper nutrition is one of the most basic and powerful ways we can show the love of Christ to hungry children and help them grow into healthy, fulfilled adults.