The first 1,000 days – from the time of conception to a child’s second birthday – are critical for a child’s development. They lay the foundations for how well a baby will grow, learn and thrive for their rest of their life.
But too many children are lacking the basics they need to be healthy and happy. They’re not getting the nutrients, stimulation and nurturing they need to grow and develop.
Every parent wants to give their child the very best start to life. But thousands of mothers and fathers across Myanmar don’t get that chance. They don’t always have access to the tools, resources and information they need to give their babies all they need to survive and thrive.
As a result, too many children are at risk of being underweight or experiencing severe weight loss in the form of wasting, stunting, and worse. Will you help?
Stunting should not be happening in 2018
In Khin Khin’s village, there is nowhere to go for your 20-week scan. There is no one to tell young mothers about the importance of breastfeeding. Between conflict and monsoons, these small, rural villages can spend weeks completely cut off from basic services like healthcare. This puts babies at huge risk.
No baby should face the prospect of malnourishment and stunting in 2018. That’s why the work of women like Khin Khin is so important. Khin Khin is one of Plan International’s community health workers, and during the wet season, she’s the only health professional in her village.
Khin Khin works with parents – younger, older, first-time, three children in – to support them to provide their children with the best nutrition they can access. And you can help her.