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Nutrition & Health

In many countries where Helping Hands is supporting projects, child mortality rates and the percentage of malnutrition are alarmingly high. That's why most Helping Hands projects include a component for nutrition and health: health care plays an important role in rapid relief measures after a disaster, integrated into a child development centre or as an aspect of a community development project.

Especially child development projects emphasize a healthy, sufficient and balanced nutrition. It's difficult for children to concentrate on learning if they are hungry. Children in CDCs or schools usually receive a nutritious meal or snack every day or at least several times per week. The most significant component of these projects, however, is not so much the feeding but rather teaching mothers how they can prepare nutritiously balanced meals for their children with affordable and locally available ingredients.

In addition to this, children receiveregular health check-ups by local doctors or nurses as well as basic health care. In larger projects, such as community development projects, specially trained village health workers or "village doctors" provide pre- and postnatal care, immunizations and family planning as well as affordable basic health care. Other important aspects are safe drinking water (often through installation of tubewells), hygiene and sanitation facilities.

In all of these health and hygiene issues, awareness makes a huge difference. That's why adults and children are taught about different topics relating to health and hygiene and made aware about infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS and the danger of drugs.