World Vision team in Tacloban City joins Nutrition Month motorcade

Last July 1 this year, World Vision staff from the Samar-Leyte cluster office joined the Nutrition Month launching and motorcade in Tacloban City.

The activity was led by the National and Nutrition Council (NNC) and the Department of Health (DOH). The motorcade ran along major roads in the city. The vehicles donned advocacy tarpaulin about health and nutrition.

This year’s Nutrition Month theme is “BatangPinoy SANA TALL… Iwas stunting, SAMA ALL!” According to NNC, “the theme calls for a collective vision of having taller Filipino children by preventing stunting through the participation of government, non-government organizations, civil society, business, academe, communities and families.”

Evelyn Sabinada, a World Vision program officer in the said cluster shared how the pandemic affects children’s health and nutrition. “”The pandemic brought child under nutrition rates to increase as a consequence of economic downfall of most families especially the poorest.Due to movement restrictions and loss of jobs for most providers, access to nutritious foods, health care services and clean water and sanitation was very limited.”

She also continued by sharing how parents can keep children healthy while staying at home. “Parents can teach their children how to wash hands properly to keep them clean and stop the virus from spreading. They can also encourage children to eat healthy and nutritious food like vegetables and fruits. They can also facilitate engaging activities like exercise or indoor games that will keep them active. This is also an opportunity for the parents to have a meaningful conversation with their children and bond with them to lessen their anxiety or stress brought by the pandemic.”

According to World Vision’s Impact of COVID-19 to Children and their Families nationwide rapid assessment study, 68% of the household are not able to fully meet food expenses. 10% of children eat less than three meals a day.

To address the food security gap of families during pandemic, World Vision’s COVID-19 Health Response provided vegetable and food packs. 61,892 individuals reached with fresh assorted vegetables while there are 66,442 individuals who received food packs. The organization also provided cash assistance to 86,806 individuals.

Story by Mong Jimenez; Photos and details by Evelyn Sabinada and Liezl Ong