Child-focused non-government organization World Vision scales up support to help ensure lasting improved nutrition of children in poor communities through its partnership with local governments.
Vega stressed the importance of taking advantage of the first 1,000 days in the life of a child dubbed window-of-opportunity to provide proper nutrition. The malnourished condition of a child beyond age two becomes irreversible, which should prompt concentration within the first two-years of life.
“There is high prevalence of wasting among children aged 0-5 months old, wherein breastfeeding should be their main source of food. The nutritional status of the mother prior to pregnancy maybe looked into as well,” says Vega.
The Allenstick is an innovation of Dr Allen Salvatierra which is intended to provide a more convenient instrument in measuring the nutritional progress of children. An authentic Philippine innovation by a rural doctor, the Allenstick has been presented in international forum to nutrition experts. “Allenstick was innovated to support the implementation of the World Health Organization Child Growth Standards, providing convenience for mobile health care providers assigned in difficult and far flung areas. This simple innovation intents not to replace the recommended wooden height board but as an alternative anthropometric tool for mobile use,” says Salvatierra.