Local Health News
Combined Efforts Needed To Rid PH Of Malnutrition
Condensed by L.D. Ramirez (sourced from a Philippine Daily Inquirer article by Joyce Ann L. Rocamora)
In the Philippines alone, an estimated 3.6 million are stunted or short for their age and about 800,000 more malnourished children.
An independent children's rights organization has underscored the need for the combined efforts of parents and government agencies that will implement the First 1,000 Days Law to completely eliminate malnutrition in the country.
According to Save the Children Philippines, swift and proper interventions by both parties are necessary to address the issue. The first 1000 days from conception, known as the "window of opportunity", is a critical period to support a child's rapid growth and development.
"School feeding is not sufficient and may be too late since the children’s mental development has been affected by malnutrition at an early age. Thus, proper nutrition should start even when the child is in the mother’s womb," Save the Children Philippines chief executive Albert Muyot said.
The law, to be called as “Kalusugan at Nutrisyon ng Mag-Nanay Act”, was signed by President Rodrigo R. Duterte on November 29, 2018. It seeks to ensure mothers are given proper nutrition and health care before, during and after giving birth.