Poor nutrition causes over one-third of child deaths globally. Chronic malnutrition affects more than 40 per cent of Lao children under five years old. The first 1,000 days of a child’s life are critically important in preventing nutrition related diseases.
The Lao Ministry of Health, MMG Limited, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), Lao Women’s Union (LWU), and Population Services International (PSI) have joined forces with community volunteers to distribute millions of micro-nutrient sachets to Lao mothers through local school and health centers, where families with children are also introduced to programs of healthy cooking and hygiene.
Through a multi-sector partnership, public health professionals, mass civil society organizations, volunteers and pharmacists have been brought together under the 1000 Day Project to distribute four million sachets of nutrition supplements during the next two years to mothers in Savannakhet, Saravan and Attapeu, some of the most remote and disadvantaged regions of Laos. In conjunction, the project is promoting good feeding and hygiene practices for mothers of children aged between six and 59 months.
The nutrition supplements distributed by the project have been branded SuperKid and each sachet contains vitamins, iron, zinc and other nutrients that are mixed into a child’s meal daily which will fortify a child’s diet to prevent anemia and combat other illnesses caused by malnutrition. They will be distributed for a year at no cost to families with children under 2 years of age. Additional sachets will be subsidized and made available to families with children under 5 years old.
Public health professionals, community volunteers, and pharmacists will distribute 4 million nutrition supplements over the next 3 years, while promoting good feeding and hygiene practices with Lao mothers. The Lao Women’s Union and Ministry of Health will work closely with mothers and community volunteers to reach children in the critical age group between 6 to 59 months. UNICEF emphasizes that while fortifying food is a part of the solution, counselling parents on good hygiene, proper nutrition, and age-appropriate feeding practices is also extremely important. MMG Limited, which operates the MMG LXML Sepon mine in Savannakhet Province, pledged US$1.4 million to the project.
|Location||Laos, East Asia and Pacific|
|Value||USD 1.4 Million|