An age-old problem, malnutrition, as one of the most renowned health care problem, is still in the back door of our seemingly progressive health care system. Its presence still cripples our Filipino children and their families, slowing their growth in all aspects.
There are a total of 18.8% of the under-five children who are recipients of the Garantisadong Pangbata who were documented as severely malnourished. The group aims to decrease the percentage of malnutrition in the barangay from 18.8% to 2% at the end of our community exposure. One of the strategies that we came up with is the establishment of the communal garden in the barangay, where its produce will be used for the monthly feeding and some can be given to families whose children are severely malnourished.
To decrease the percentage of malnourished children among the under-five children from 18.8% to 2% in Barangay Goaw, several strategies were employed to include:
- · Demonstration of ways of proper preparation and cooking of nutritious food in coordination with the local government unit
- · “Buhay na Gulay Program”. A lecture will be done by the Department of Agriculture to the community mothers regarding proper vegetable farming.
- · Re-opening of the existing Barangay Garden through the cooperation of the barangay, students and in coordination with the Department of Agriculture.
At the end of the first community exposure of the fourth year the group was able to accomplish several projects which addressed the community’s problem of malnutrition. The overall plan for the four-year stay in the community is nearing its completion but the overall effect of the projects will be continuously evaluated further during the course of the group’s stay in the community. As of the current date, all of the proposed strategies were implemented and further improvements are sought to polish on-going projects and for possible discovery of new strategies that can be added to the groups proposed plans