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Malnutrition: The 16th Theme of the 19DaysActivism Campaign!

Theme 16 of the Women's World Summit Foundation (WWSF) 19Days Activism Campaign for the Prevention of Violence Against Children and Youth is about Malnutrition/Undernutrition

Malnutrition is defined as a state in which the physical function of an individual is impaired to the point where he or she can no longer maintain natural bodily capacities such as growth, pregnancy, lactation, learning ability, physical work and resisting and recovering from disease.

Undernourishment describes the status of people whose food intake does not include sufficient calories (energy) to meet minimum physiological needs.

#‎FACTS
•1 in 4 of the world's children show stunted growth. In developing countries this figure is as high as one in three. (SaveTheChildren, 2012)

•80% of stunted children live in just 20 Countries (idem)

•Malnutrition is an underlying cause of death of 2.6 million children each year. (Idem)

•300 million children in poverty in the world today either do not attend school or do not receive a meal during school day. Most of these children ate female. (WFP)

•Economists estimate that every child whose physical and mental development is stunted by hunger and malnutrition stands to lose 5 to 10% in lifetime earnings. (Idem)
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She was only 7+years old.

She was only 7+years old.
She fell ill 2weeks ago.
Maybe, for lack of hospital in the community.
Maybe, for lack of adequate knowledge.
The parent resolved into spiritual intervention.
It must be a spiritual attack.
Mary couldn't move again.
Yesterday, Mary died in the church.
Where her parent had taken her to.
Today, I crrrriiieeed. Still tear-dropping.
I weep because we just lost a friend .
one of our coolest friends.
I weep for what ignorance could bring.

Last three years, we had a similar case where one of our girls was also 'abandoned' in the church for spiritual healing. She had her legs swollen as a result of the illness. It was a mild fracture, mama assured us. Everything would be fine. Haaa! Fracture? But this is not an hospital. Swiftly, with friends help, we got them moved to a hospital where it was diagnosed that our little friend had kidney problem. She spent more than 4months in the hospital! Today she is alive and in JSS 1.

Sadly, when people resolve to goin…

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