MANILA, Philippines – The prevalence of malnutrition among Filipino children is showing no signs of improvement.
The rate of chronic malnutrition in the country is at its worst in a decade, according to a survey by the Department of Science and Technology’s Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI). It’s most common among children from poverty and calamity-stricken regions. 1 in 3 children in the Philippines continue to suffer from wasting and stunting due to lack of access to proper food.
What happens when children aren’t fed properly? They become sickly and unable to perform well in school. They lose their fighting chance to live a better life and to contribute to the country’s development.
Our country cannot survive on a starving stomach. The good news is that we can still solve this problem right now. But everyone – from the government, to private companies, to citizens – should do their part.
You can help stop hunger today. Here’s how you can get started. – Rappler.com