Malnutrition Among Poor Families in the Philippines

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Malnutrition among poor family in Mindanao Philippines
Curbing malnutrition in North Cotabato and Maguindanao
By Dr. Paul Andrew Zambrano
UNICEF Nutrition Officer for Emergencies

The nutrition of children in conflict-affected areas in Mindanao continues to be a serious concern for us at UNICEF.
Recurring emergencies due to armed conflict and natural disasters in this region – combined with challenges on appropriate infant and young child feeding practices, and high incidences of diseases – threaten the well-being of young children here.
I personally wish to thank UNICEF donors and supporters, and tell them how they help improve the lives of children in Mindanao.
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One day I could be in a small health center in Maguindanao, teaching barangay health workers how to properly measure the weight and height of children. A couple of days later, I would be in a meeting with the Secretary of Health, discussing national guidelines on the treatment of malnutrition.
The work is challenging, exciting, occasionally surreal, yet intensely gratifying in reaching the most vulnerable Filipino children. It also allows me to continuously learn and develop, while helping me achieve my personal goal, which is to make a lasting difference in the lives of my countrymen.

Our gratitude
Again, I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to you, our donors and supporters.
I have personally experienced how your support has translated into life-saving interventions and programs for the most vulnerable children and their families.
We have achieved a lot, but there is still much to be done, as we face challenges both old and new. With the support of people like you, we will continue to give more children in need the chance to live and grow normally, study, play, laugh, and experience the joys of childhood, far from dangers or threats.

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