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 and global health.
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.
The individual child-based approach of our programs allows us to provide each child we serve with personalized care and attention. Our frontline church partners know the children they are helping by name. They know their families and know what life is like within their homes. When extra food, nutrition, and medical care are needed, our local church partners are able to move quickly to meet those needs.
Initiatives like our Health and Nutrition Fund provide additional assistance for needs that go beyond the scope of our Child Sponsorship Program. It complements the nourishing meals and supplemental nutrition children receive in our Child Sponsorship Program by providing therapeutic feeding and food stability initiatives along with basic and emergency medical care, oral and vision care, vaccinations, malaria and HIV/AIDS interventions, and food and health counseling.
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.
Make a difference in the life of a malnourished child with a donation to our Health and Nutrition Fund today.