Stunting, the worst form of malnutrition, has been a pervasive concern among Filipino children. In 2019, 28.8% of children below five years old experience malnutrition due to prolonged hunger while the stunting rate among children two years old and below is at 21.9% according to the report of the Department of Science and Technology – Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI).
To help address the problem and in observance of the Nutrition Month, Save the Children Philippines has launched Project NURTURE (Nutrition among Urban Poor through Unified Response) in Villareal, Samar on July 6, 2020 to protect deprived and marginalized children from chronic and acute malnutrition.
Project NURTURE was successfully implemented in eight deprived barangays in Navotas City from 2016 to 2019 by reducing cases of undernutrition among children through the integration of social protection such as conditional cash transfers, livelihood trainings, parent education, and targeted dietary supplementation feeding programs to nutrition interventions.
Save the Children Philippines works in partnership with the Department of Health (DOH), the National Nutrition Council, and the LGUs in the implementation of maternal, newborn, and child health and nutrition programs to address undernutrition among children through the provision of the necessary training to Barangay Health Workers, Barangay Nutrition Scholars and health center staff.
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