At the most basic level, children’s well-being depends on their health. But families facing challenges like extreme poverty – especially those without transportation in remote communities, where the nearest hospital or clinic can be many miles away – often lack access to health care. Families may struggle to provide nutritious food for their children or find water that’s safe to drink. And the stress of day-to-day survival may leave little time for children and families to tend to attend to their physical, mental and emotional health.
Millions of children in the world are vulnerable to malnutrition, infection and disease, as well as mental health struggles that can hinder their healthy development. The good news? Most of these health challenges are preventable and treatable. ChildFund works to connect children to the things they need to stay healthy at every stage of their lives, from conception to adulthood.
Barbie Joy, 8, washes her face and hands with clean water from a new water system built by ChildFund in Cagayan de Oro, Philippines. Before the new system was installed, people were drawing water from dirty rivers or irrigation canals that contained toxic chemicals, and children were getting sick often.
Former sponsored child Diana (left), who now works as a nurse, attends to a laboring patient at a ChildFund-supported maternity center in Kapelebyong District, Uganda. Maternal health care is critical to ensuring that a child gets a healthy start in life.
Gaspar Benjamin, 8, from Huehuetenango, Guatemala, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at age 1. Doctors told his parents he’d never be able to walk. Thanks to several surgeries and physical therapy facilitated by ChildFund, today he is walking with the help of braces and canes.
Mothers and young children are tested for anemia and malnutrition at a ChildFund-supported health clinic in Keonjhar District, India. Anemia stems from iron deficiency and often accompanies malnutrition in both children and adults.
Emmanuell, 4, holds the chicken he received from ChildFund’s Real Gifts Catalog. The eggs the chicken lays have been a valuable source of nutrition for his family in Embu County, Kenya.
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