Malnutrition, the Pied Piper and the lost children

Fritzie Rodriguez
World Vision encourages those who have the means to take many small steps to save more children's lives

PIED PIPER OF DISEASES. The world is losing millions of children worldwide to malnutrition and preventable diseases. Screengrab from World Vision's short animation "The Pied Piper: A modern fairy tale"

MANILA, Philippines – Millions of children worldwide “disappear” because of unkept promises of leaders.

In 2000, world leaders agreed to reduce deaths among children under 5 by two-thirds by the year 2015. This is one of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

There’s only one year left to keep the promise alive. 

More than a decade later, thousands of children every day are still dying due to fatal yet highly preventable and treatable diseases like pneumonia, diarrhea, and malaria. Some children are even burdened with different health complications and infections as soon as they are born.

These children are inheriting some of the world’s biggest problems, and they cannot win these battles on their own.

World Vision tells the story of the “Pied Piper” who stole babies and young children across different towns and villages. 

Watch this short yet powerful animated video below: The Pied Piper – a modern fairy tale

‘Small steps, save lives’

World Vision encourages the public to learn about the many small steps that can be taken to save more children’s lives:

  • Oral rehydration and treatment for diarrhea 
  • Antibiotics against pneumonia
  • Bed nets against malaria
  • Access to skilled health attendants 
  • Access to clean water, proper nutrition, information
  • Exclusive breastfeeding among infants

In the Philippines, the Department of Health (DOH) implements a malaria control program that empowers health workers across the country who are at the forefront of fighting malaria. The DOH, through health centers, provides free immunization against pneumonia. The department also issued a protocol for handling communicable diseases.

Without timely action, World Vision said that instead of reducing child death by 2015, it could take until 2030 or even beyond. – Rappler.com 

Child Health Now is a campaign by World Vision. It promotes good nutrition, proper childcare practices and education among families. If you want to participate, donate, volunteer, or sponsor a child, you may visit World Vision Philippines here.

You may also send your video materials, campaigns, and stories to move.ph@rappler.com. Be part of the #HungerProject.

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