The Problem & The Need
The Philippines is a middle-income country in Asia. The Philippines’ Hidden Hunger Index rank is 68 out of 118 countries, placing it in the “moderate” category for undernutrition (1=highest). However, local statistics vary within the country. The prevalence of intestinal worms aggravates undernutrition by compromising the body’s immune system and limiting the nutrients it can absorb. Intestinal worms are endemic in parts of The Philippines.
Leading sources on women’s and children’s health report:
Vitamin A deficiency in the Philippines is categorized as “severe” by WHO (WHO, 2009)
Over 4.4 million U5 children are vitamin A deficient (WHO, 2008)
43.9% of pregnant women are anemic (WHO, 2008)
30% of U5 children are stunted (WHO, 2008)
U5 mortality rate is 28/1,000 live births (WHO, 2016)
Maternal Mortality Ratio is 114/100,000 (WHO, 2016)
Globally, vitamin A and albendazole are distributed to children using a variety of approaches through multiple partner organizations. Multivitamins are distributed with maternal and child health care services to pregnant women. Robust technical assistance is key to ensuring that services offered by field partners are consistent with national and international best practices.
In the Philippines, Vitamin Angels targets NGOs working in rural and indigenous communities as well as in marginal urban areas. Many of the NGOs work with small populations, and Vitamin Angels encourages them to forms alliances to collaborate, thus expanding their reach.
The vitamin A project objective is to achieve at least 95% coverage of children with Vitamin A (and deworming when necessary) to reduce malnutrition.
The prenatal multivitamin project objective is to achieve at least 95% coverage of pregnant women with daily essential multivitamins to reduce hidden hunger