Take Action for Anthony
For malnourished children, it's often just a matter of time before another illness puts their lives in jeopardy.
To see Anthony today, a bubbly toddler, you would never know that just a few months ago he was fighting for his life. With care and medicines from a Save the Children-trained health worker, Anthony won his battle against deadly malaria. But his war is not over – his main enemy, chronic malnutrition.
In developing countries with high rates of malnutrition, like Anthony’s native Malawi, culprits such as untreated water and poor sanitation regularly threaten children with diseases. In Anthony’s case, it was malaria.
Chisomo, the frontline health worker in Anthony’s village, treated his malaria but diagnosed the toddler with malnutrition. Without the proper care and nutrition, Anthony’s little body would continue to weaken – leaving him unable to fight off common childhood illnesses.
Chisomo counseled the family on improving nutrition and hygiene – not an easy task in a village with no running water and regular food shortages.
Not every child has a health care hero like Chisomo, but they can still have better health. But only if world leaders make it a priority to invest in nutrition and health programs for babies, toddlers and moms.
What You Can Do to Fight Malnutrition
This month, Save the Children, ONE, World Vision, Bread for the World and other leading non-profits are asking President Obama to take bold action at the upcoming Camp David G8 forum to reduce chronic malnutrition.
Anthony, and millions of babies like him, need you to be their voice. Tell President Obama to end child malnutrition. Sign the Petition!