UNICEF Health Worker Paul Maesiala loves his job.
So much so that he's willing to travel for three hours on a small boat just to get to work.
It's a challenging part of his role, but when children in remote parts of the Solomon Islands need him, Paul's willing to do whatever it takes to reach them.
Come with Paul on his incredible journey to work. Witness his passion for educating mothers and providing nutrition advice to isolated communities.
Right now Paul's biggest concern is children suffering from stunted growth.
This is when a child is too short for their age, and isn't developing fully. In the Solomon Islands, a diet lacking in nutritious food and frequent illnesses such as diarrhoea, leads to malnutrition causing stunting.
"One in three children are stunted here" Paul says.
Stunting is not a problem limited to the Solomon Islands or the Pacific, worldwide 144 million children were affected by stunted growth in 2019. And sadly the physical and mental damage it has on children is irreversible.
“Nutritious foods are important at every stage of a child’s life. Many children in the Pacific Islands are eating inadequate amounts of healthy foods while consuming too many processed foods. We must work together to ensure that children’s diets are nutritious, safe, affordable and sustainable.” - UNICEF Pacific Representative, Sheldon Yett
UNICEF is working hard to prevent stunting worldwide through education and advice provided by Health Workers like Paul Maesiala.
Paul is on a mission to help as many children in his country as he can.
Every week he visits communities and talks to mothers about the importance of breastfeeding, and educates families about good nutrition.
"What I love about my work is seeing a child who used to be stunted but has now improved" Paul says.
"It makes me really happy".
Globally, UNICEF has many passionate and professional workers like Paul, going that extra mile for hungry and malnourished children every day.
Their amazing work is only possible thanks to the generous support we receive from donors. Donations from the public and our supporters mean we can continue to be their for children when they need it most.