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Fighting Hunger In The Philippines

Joemar weighed only 3.3kg. He urgently needed help.

Joemar is the youngest child of a poor family, in a remote part of the Province of Palawan, the Philippines.

With little food and difficult access to medical services, Joemar’s first year of life was a struggle and he became severely malnourished.

Weighing only 3.3kg, he was at great risk of death.

But thanks to our supporters, UNICEF was there to help Joemar with ready-to-eat therapeutic food.

We like to call it superfood, as it contains all the essential nutrients a child needs – and costs only 55 cents a packet!

Just three packets a day, for six to eight weeks can be all it takes to save a starving child’s life.

Joemar recovered steadily and at age two, is now almost at his optimal weight.

Joemar was just one of 300,000 severely malnourished kids in the Philippines.

To fight hunger and malnutrition in the Philippines, we provided supplies of therapeutic food to address urgent needs, while we supported the Government in developing health guidelines and medical training programmes for more than 300 health and nutrition workers.

This gave workers across 31 provinces the skills and knowledge to tackle the long-term causes of hunger.

Yet around the world, malnutrition still claims the lives of 3 million children each year.

This is horrific, when the same life-saving superfood that helped Joemar is only 55 cents a packet.

UNICEF is fighting to end world hunger and feed even the hardest to reach children, but to do that we need your help. Can you spare anything to feed a hungry child?

Just $66 can give enough superfood to nourish a starving or malnourished child back to health.

Donate now to our Children's Hunger Appeal.