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Vrijwilligerswerk in het buitenland heeft inderdaad zijn nut. Als er al een probleem is met voldoende voeding dan kan je wel raden dat er ook geen geld is voor andere activiteiten. Als vrijwilliger kan jij in Laos meehelpen om ook deze kinderen en hun families te helpen op een manier waar zij zelf geen toegang tot hebben namelijk onderwijs.
Approximately 6,000 children under five years of age in Laos reportedly die every year resulting from a lack of proper nutrition, according to the latest survey on nutrition in 2015. Meanwhile 36.5 % of children are facing stunting that will pose negative impacts for long term national development. The statement reported in the meeting on Research and Intervention, Maternal Health and Infections under the theme “Important Elements for the Development of Healthy Fetuses, Infants and Young Children” was held in Vientiane Capital and was organized by the University of Health and Science in cooperation with the Early Life Nutrition Network. The meeting was attended by Dean of the University of Health and Science, Dr Somchit Boupha, Director of the Patient Department under the Ministry of Health, Dr Chanphomma Vongsamphanh, and representative from hospitals, universities and colleges. The economy is expected to lose around US$197 million per year, or 2.4 % of GDP, because of the lack of proper nutrition. Four in ten children under five years are anaemic in Laos. Meanwhile, half a billion women of reproductive age worldwide are affected by anaemia. Nutrition remains a challenge for the Lao government in achieving its millennium development goals by 2017 and sustainable development goals, which has targets for zero hunger underlined in the national development plan on nutrition for 2016-2025 and the action plan for 2016-2020.