Integrated Strategies To Address Malnutrition in the IP Communities (ISAMIP)
BACKGROUND The Aetas, indigenous mountain people of the Philippines, are the most disadvantaged social group in the country. Geographic location, nomadic lifestyle, lower educational and health literacy creates barriers leading to inequity in healthcare services, nutrition, and sanitation resulting in severe malnutrition and ongoing intestinal parasitism. These factors have been approached by schools, non-profits, Local Government Unit, Department of Health, and Department of Education in the Philippines independently without measurable improvement.
This project aims to improve the nutritional status and cognitive performance of malnourished school-age children of the IP communities by providing Manna Packs (fortified mixture of rice, soybean protein, dried vegetables), along with health education in hygiene, sanitation and eradication of parasites (with the help of the local health units).
PROJECT We have partnered with selected schools, Floridablanca (Camachile Elementary School and Nabuclod Integrated School) and Porac (Villa Maria Integrated School) in providing quality food for the malnourished students. There is high rates of malnutrition in the selected students: 24 for Camachile (4 Severely Wasted, 20 Wasted), 150 for Nabuclod (68 Severely Wasted, 82 Wasted) and 20 Villa Maria (7 Severely Wasted, 13 Wasted).
HOW CAN YOU HELP? We are in need of donations of quality food (produce like fruits & vegetables; sources of protein; rice) to continue providing regular meals for the children. You can also help by donating financially, 1 USD can feed 2 meals to a child. You can help in providing for alternative sources of fortified food like Manna Packs (which is less than 25 cents per pack; each pack is equal to 6 servings). Thank you for your support!