World Vision concerned by trending Covid-19 cases among children

With latest health reports of increasing number of COVID-19 infection among children, World Vision urges family members especially the parents and adult caregivers to be mindful of the prescribed minimum health standards even while at home to also protect children and prevent viral transmission amidst the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
World Vision, an international child-focused NGO, also expressed its support to all stakeholders in upholding everyone’s welfare especially of children amidst the ECQ and heightened restrictions in selected areas threatened by the more contagious Delta variant.
World Vision National Director Rommel V. Fuerte raised the need for adults to take this development seriously and be aware of children’s risks if they remain complacent.
As of August 12, the Department of Health (DOH) records 87,663 active COVID-19 cases, making the overall total number of cases in the Philippines since last year to 1,700,363. Infected children nine years old and below comprise 4% or 65,558 cases while those between 10 to 19 years old represent 7% or 116,035.
Nationwide, the top six most affected regions are the National Capital Region, Region II Cagayan Valley, Region III Central Luzon, Region IV-A CALABARZON, Region VI Western VIsayas and Region VII Central Visayas.
“While there is urgency for adults to be vaccinated, we also call for the government to hasten the testing and immediate availability of safe and effective vaccines for children,” he added.
“Together with our partners, we pray that the global milestones in fighting this pandemic can be realized here in our country as well,” hopes Fuerte, who is also a Board Member of the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) under the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
Recently, a study by World Vision revealed that during lockdowns, children and their households suffer from a significant lack of access to basic health care services, increasing the risk of maternal and child morbidity.
During this pandemic, the child development agency also stressed the need to ensure babies’ proper nutrition. World Vision technical program manager for health and nutrition Carleneth San Valentin, underscores the need to promote, protect and uphold the exclusive breastfeeding among mothers, as a practical defense for infants zero to six months old against dreaded and preventable diseases
“The Implementing Rules and Regulations of laws that support breastfeeding are clearly provided in Executive Order No. 51 or the Philippine Milk Code and Republic Act 11148 or the “Kalusugan at Nutrisyon ng Mag-nanay Act”, the Health and Nutrition expert said while warning that breastmilk substitutes that undermine breastfeeding should not be included in the general distribution of emergency food packs.
San Valentin also added that everyone comply with guidelines from DOH Nutrition Cluster Advisory No. 1, Series 2020 which states that family food packs should contain age-and culturally-appropriate, clean and nutritious food items to promote proper nutrition of children.
As stricter community quarantine protocols are implemented, children, based on the same Rapid Assessment, have expressed negative emotions such as sadness, fear and worry. It stated that almost half of the respondent parents and caregivers admitted that they have used physical or psychological punishment to children.
“A number of children are unaware or unsure about child protection services in their communities,” shared World Vision Technical Program Manager for Child Protection Jezreel Domingo, “so we urge the government to activate and ensure the functionality of Violence against Women and Children Desks and Barangay Councils for the Protection of Children, as stated in the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Advisory of April 2020.”
She also said that ensuring the continued functioning of child-friendly reporting mechanisms such as SOS hotlines allow concerned citizens to report any incident of abuse or exploitation.
The Child Protection Expert also reminded community stakeholders to enforce and monitor the DILG-CWC Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2020-001, which provides for the reiteration of protocols on reaching out to children in street situations, in need of special protection, at risk, and in conflict with the law during the Enhanced Community Quarantine.
One of the recommendations of the said study is to also assist families in ensuring children are “in school”, which, for World Vision Technical Program Manager of Education Geomel Jetonzo, is crucial to all Filipino learners’ safe, impactful and sustained education. As most school-aged children and students are now adapting to distance learning mode, it remains imperative that parents and children are made aware of the risks and measures to protect themselves from Covid-19 even while studying at home.
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About World Vision
World Vision is a Christian relief, development, and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, their families, and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. Inspired by its Christian faith and values, it is dedicated to working with the world’s most vulnerable people. It serves and collaborates with all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.

Nestle Breakfast Cereals – Working to make Breakfast Better

Most children in the Philippines are getting less than the recommended intake of whole grains and fiber according to the 8th National Nutrition Survey conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute, and the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST). The study, which looked at the whole grain consumption of different Filipino population groups, revealed that only 1 in 20 children consume whole grain. It also showed that, overall, 99% of Filipinos do not consume ≥48g of whole grain per day which is the US whole grain intake recommendation.

In response to these findings, Nestlé Philippines hosted a ‘master class’ event to discuss the importance of eating a healthy breakfast and encourage families to add more whole grain to their daily nutrition for a healthier future. Nestlé staff, nutrition experts, and media explored the nutritious ingredients in KOKO KRUNCH® and prepared their own breakfast cereals.

“The 8th National Nutrition Survey clearly demonstrates the need to increase awareness amongst Filipinos on the importance of eating whole grains. It is alarming that consumption levels in the Philippines are far below recommended levels and that the vast majority of Filipinos are missing out on the benefits associated with whole grains, which include lower body weight and cholesterol levels, as well as reduced risk of diabetes and other chronic diseases,” commented Ma. Adrienne Constantino, Former Supervising Science Research Specialist of Nutritional Assessment and Monitoring Division, FNRI.

“We believe breakfast is more than a good start to your day—it’s the foundation for a better future. We want moms to feel empowered to make informed and healthy choices, so they can provide the best nutrition for their children. We have made this easier by making whole grain the number one ingredient in all Nestlé Breakfast Cereals that are popular with school children and teens,” said Ece Durukan, Nestlé Regional Nutrition and External Affairs Manager for Asia, Middle East, and Africa.

Don’t miss out on the benefits of eating whole grains. Make breakfast better with Nestlé Breakfast Cereals’ wide range of nutritious, tasty, and convenient whole grain cereals. For more information, visit www.nestle-cereals.com/ph

About Cereal Partners Worldwide

Cereal Partners Worldwide (CPW) is a leading global breakfast cereal company and the maker of Nestlé Breakfast Cereals, including favorites such as KOKO KRUNCH®, HONEY STARS®, and COOKIE CRISP®. With more than 50 brands to suit all ages and lifestyles globally, CPW strives to make breakfast better with nutritious, tasty and convenient food that helps people start their day in the best possible way. Established in 1990, CPW is a long-standing partnership between Nestlé and General Mills, bringing together the world-class capabilities of both companies. Headquartered in Switzerland, CPW has a strong global network with 4,200 employees, 17 factories, four R&D centers and sales teams in more than 130 markets. For more information, visit www.nestle-cereals.com

With the OLX Possibili-tree pay it forward this Holiday season

This Christmas, OLX has partnered with Save the Children in raising funds that will go to programs dedicated to creating better lives for children and their families here in the Philippines. This shared goal has led to the creation of the OLX Possibili-tree.

“With OLX Possibili-tree, we would like to send out the message thatit is possible to reward ourselves while extending support to others at the same time. The full amount that we will generate from selling these secondhand items will be turned over to Save the Children to assist them with their disaster response programs that are especially focused on education and health,” says OLX Philippines Brand Marketing Manager Jean Magboo.

The OLX Possibili-tree stands 15 feet tall and is made up of quality secondhand items that are up for sale from December 15, 2015 to January 15, 2016, at Gateway Mall cinema lobby located at the 4th floor.

“We are grateful for this partnership with OLX and we invite everyone to join by donating or buying any of the items on display on the OLX Possibili-tree. Your donations will go a long way in helping us support our sponsored children and their families to have better access to health, childhood development, and education. This wonderful gift will give them more reason to smile and feel loved not just this Christmas but all year round,” says Riel Andaluz, Corporate Partnerships Sr. Manager of Save the Children.

Clothes, books, home appliances, bags, office supplies, and gadgets are just some of the quality secondhand items that will be up for sale.

Aside from buying or donating items, everyone can help spread the word by taking a photo of the OLX Possibili-tree and share it on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with the hashtag #OLXPossibilitree. Regular cash donations are also accepted at the OLX booth stationed beside the Possibili-tree, which is open from 10AM to 10PM daily from December 15, 2015 until January 15, 2016.

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