Every day 30,000 children in the developing world die from preventable diseases. This is the equivalent of over 70 fully laden jumbo jets crashing every day, 365 days of the year. Even the most basic medical care is beyond the reach of many of the world's poor. Living in unhygienic conditions with little food and no clean water, they become prone to malnutrition and ill health. Again, a cycle is created whereby the weak and malnourished are more prone to illness and disease, while those actually suffering from disease are more vulnerable to malnutrition.
Orphans in Need is addressing the problem of malnutrition through food aid and especially by providing adequate nourishment to the young, the sick, the elderly and pregnant women.
Permanent medical camps and mobile clinics are in place to immunise children against common diseases, and to provide basic care for rural communities. They also teach the population about better hygiene practices and the causes of common diseases. Food aid, nutrition training, water and sanitation projects, as well as education, all combine to improve overall health and reduce malnutrition.
We believe that many problems affecting the rural poor need to be tackled on various fronts. Orphans in Need operates a multi-pronged approach that, in our experience, proves to be the most effective remedy.