My posts about UNDP and FAO are very informative, it took me a long while to figure out how I am going to give justice to what World Food Program is all about. This is just because when I joined the bloggers’ advocate rounds of discussions, not to be biased but I think Mr. Praveen Agrawal expressed the most conviction about his passion on the UN agency he represents here in the Philippines. As he would explain it, WFP began as a branched department working side-by-side with FAO. Since the complexity of FAO and the increased success of WFP in addressing a focal issue, the latter began growing and is in the process of being a separate agency on its own. These two though have one topmost goal among the MDG 2015 and that is to “Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger”.
We began by Mr. Agrawal asking us who we are and what we write about. The writers came across different lines o f expertise: broadcast, entrepreneurship, advocacy, SEO, marketing and many others. Right after, he expressed his thoughts on how each and every one of us in that very room is relevant and common to the topic we are to talk about. I for one as a writer for WAHPINAS.com has the responsibility of making home-bound workers know how they could help children, mothers moreover families who are experiencing acute and chronic hunger. I know my readers have inquisitive minds and that you are curious about what’s the difference between these two. According to WFP.org :
“Acute hunger or starvation are situations that result from high profile crises like war or natural disasters, which starve a population of food. Yet emergencies account for less than eight percent of hunger’s victims. Daily undernourishment is a less visible form of hunger.”
“The body compensates for the lack of energy by slowing down its physical and mental activities. A hungry mind cannot concentrate, a hungry body does not take initiative, a hungry child loses all desire to play and study.”
“Hunger also weakens the immune system. Deprived of the right nutrition, hungry children are especially vulnerable and become too weak to fight off disease and may die from common infections like measles and diarrhoea. Each year, almost 7 million children die before reaching the age of five; malnutrition is a key factor is over a third of these deaths (source: Levels and Trends in Child Mortality, IGME, 2012)”
We were shown a picture of brain scans so that we can see and compare the alarming difference of a child who is fully nourished from that of someone who is suffering from chronic hunger. If you can remember back in anatomy and physiology, neurons or the brain cells have the longest regeneration period once damaged; so long, it can be more than a lifetime. With that being said, I know all my readers would agree how paramount generation of these “brain cells” are. This phenomenon starts upon conception of a baby in the mother’s womb and at that time the mother’s nutritional needs directly contributes to a baby’s building blocks. When a baby starts to live outside, milk; be it natural or formula is their best food. No wonder, because it has been documented to be the perfect food actually, but I would like to emphasize on the abundance and importance of protein, calcium and fats in milk.
“Nerve cells are metabolically very active, and hence are involved in large amounts of protein synthesis.” The brain cells are structurally formed like cable wires, wrapped around by sheaths of fat as insulators (transmissions are slower and weaker if thin). Protein is their core content to function and Calcium is one of the many micro nutrients involved in the actual transmission and relays occurring at the atomic level. With this as a given fact, it is understandable how fundamental this form of nutrition is to any kid. I did highlight “Milk” because in the Philippines’ setting most impoverished families would opt to “ahm” as a source of nutrition for their babies. Or if not, would halt milk supplementation after age one year and just be content in making kids eat whatever is served for adults. I for one was told, when my now 2-year old baby was just a few months old to give her “ahm” because it strengthens the bone. I know it is a rich source of carbohydrates, B-complex and other vitamins and would be very helpful in introducing solids to my baby but not as a sole source of nutrition. Good thing I knew better, but I feel sad for the mothers who have been misinformed and are helpless because of culture or finances.
Mr. Praveen Agrawal was very much passionate on how we, as a member of social media are going to be a key factor on alarming the public and making them informed of what is happening so that Society can be catalyzed about their capacity to contribute on this growing not only health but of a social issue that is affecting the very lives of our own citizen, moreover us as a country. Again the impact is directed to our youth who should be given the chance to be their fullest potential, I hope this raises a question on all of our minds of “What can I do to help?” In this post I have included one video on how WFP has been helping the country all throughout as a UN agency.
I would like to take this opportunity to formally advocate WFP’s campaign on eradicating hunger locally by providing school meals. Take the opportunity to enjoy an event and help as well by joining:
For more information on how you could be an advocate in your own special way, please do not hesitate to visit the following sites. As for me, I strongly believe that the least anybody could do to help is to be informed, since one person who knows can have one healthy family and help build one healthy nation………….finally, ONE HEALTHY WORLD!!!!!!!!
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