In Peru, a fresh take on combating childhood anaemia
In rural highland areas of Peru, anaemia is rife. Families here face many challenges that contribute to the prevalence ofmalnutrition and anaemia. Poverty and poor healthcare means families suffer from health issues they have limited knowledge about.
Anaemia can be caused by an iron deficiency resulting from an insufficient diet. If left untreated, childhood anaemia has serious consequences; anaemic children are more likely to be weak and sickly, and are less likely to learn to read or finish school.
Action Against Hunger has been working in Peru to raise awareness of the problems anaemia causes by educating and motivating mothers on how to keep themselves and their children in good health. Workshops and educational classes teach members of the community the importance of an iron-rich diet and how to provide this for their family.
In response to the challenge of reaching as many people as possible, Action Against Hunger teamed with the Ministry of Health and launched the “Wawitas without Aneamia” competition. The aim of the competition was to reach as many mothers as possible to spread knowledge about foods that provide the vitamins, minerals and energy young children need.
Written by: Christine Kahmann