Every 10 seconds a child dies from hunger, with poor nutrition identified as the underlying cause of death. Poor nutrition is responsible for nearly half of all deaths in children under the age of 5 and each year about 3 million children die due to the fact that their bodies just don’t have enough of the basic nutrients they require to function and grow.
Good nutrition, particularly in the first five years of life, is important in establishing a good foundation. This foundation has implications for a child’s future physical and mental health, academic achievement and economic productivity. Food insecurity threatens that critical foundation.
Toddlers who eat poorly in their primary years are more likely to develop long-term health problems and complications. Providing growing toddlers with a healthy balanced diet is essential in optimising their physical and cognitive development, while reducing the risk of chronic disease later in life. “At Rise Against Hunger we know childhood is a time of critical growth, a period when proper nutrition is absolutely necessary. A daily meal can set the foundation for which a child can grow up with aspirations and hope”. Saira Khan, CEO, Rise Against Hunger Africa.
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