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#BatangMatatag movement addresses long-standing problems in children's health and nutrition caused by inequality of access

By 2021, it is estimated that 2.9 million Filipino children aged 0 to 10 have experienced hunger. Prolonged hunger in children leads to malnutrition, and they are often stunted and too small for their age. The problem is often associated with unsafe water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene, which often results in children developing various diseases. Diarrhea is her one of the most prominent. The staggering numbers and the need to do something now have spawned #BatangMatatag. The movement aims to expand access to health, nutrition, sanitation and education in conflict-affected areas of the country.

With a vision of building resilient children and communities, the #BatangMatatag movement was launched by Save the Children Philippines and Erceflora Kiddie. Save the Children’s Life Changer for Children initiative where community facilities are provided to ensure access to hygiene, sanitation and education.

To shed light on exercise, Dr. Jocelyn Eusebio, an expert in developmental and behavioral pediatrics, Carol Ann Stewart, Ambassador Battan Matatag, and Ati. Save the Children Philippines CEO Alberto Muyot gathered to discuss the current state of children’s healthcare in the country, the situation at BARMM, and how the larger Filipino community is working through the Batang Matatag movement to find solutions. We have started an important discussion about whether we can participate in Renowned journalist Karen Davila facilitated the discussion.

“The lack of proper education, nutrition and sanitation can lead to recurring illnesses such as diarrhea. By making people aware and involved, we can prevent worst-case scenarios from occurring,” said Stewart. said.

#BatangMatatag Movement: Take Action

To provide a more detailed account of the campaign, Stewart shared Batang Matatagu’s purpose, goals, and key initiatives to build resilience for children in the Philippines. Stewart also reiterated the importance of forming partnerships to realize our purpose as an organization and how it relates to our self-care mission.

Key to the campaign, she said, is to refocus people on prevention and build resilience for children by implementing and maintaining sustainable facilities in conflict-affected areas of BARMM. emphasized that it is

“I hope everyone realizes that we are part of a larger movement that has the potential to improve the health and nutrition of our country,” Stewart said. I hope it will be a stepping stone for us to spread awareness and continue to maintain good practices in proper food preparation and hygiene,” she added.

Carol Ann Stewart and Dr. Jocelyn Eusebio
Carol Ann Stewart (left) and Dr. Joselyn Eusebio (right)

Stunting and Weakness: Risks to Child Growth and Development

To broaden the conversation about what Batang Matatag is trying to address, Dr. Eusebio explains how illnesses such as stunting, wasting, and diarrhea affect children’s growth and development, and addressing this issue. provided insight into the industry’s ongoing efforts and plans for

“Illnesses like diarrhea are preventable diseases. What our communities need is proper awareness and education on simple and accessible ways to prevent it. We want to address it and encourage people to take positive measures at home and in their communities,” Dr Eusebio said.

BARMM: A community in need

Following a conversation about child nutrition and illnesses such as diarrhea, Atty. , explained how the #BatangMatatag movement works.

“BARMM is one of the most underserved areas in the country, but with its rich culture and history, it also has a lot of potential to thrive and prosper. Especially if you work with, support and travel with children, you can make a positive and lasting difference in the lives of BARMM children and communities.

Atty.Albert Muyot
Atty.Albert Muyot

Atty. Muyot then said that as a children’s rights organization, Save the Children Philippines will ensure that all #BatangMatatag children live healthy, receive comprehensive and quality education, are protected from all forms of harm, I explained that I wanted a future where I could participate in the problem. important and affect them.

Davila concluded the discussion by emphasizing the importance of “bayanihan” and especially parents in the success of this movement.

The #BatangMatatag movement helps the public understand the seriousness of issues such as diarrhea and child nutrition, especially in areas like BARMM. is committed to building healthier communities with better education and protection from preventable diseases.

Batang Matatag is a movement that has the potential to bring BARMM and the country one step closer to improving the health and nutrition of Filipino children and is open to everyone. With every Erceflora Kiddie purchase, a portion goes to help improve the lives of her BARMM children.