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High malnutrition alarms Church
Cases among women and children rising as family behavior fails to improveWomen in Belu being taught how to handle malnutrition in their villages
- Fransiskus P. Seran, Nela
- April 8, 2011
Twenty-eight people from two villages with the highest cases of malnutrition joined the program, which finished yesterday, in Emmaus Community House in Nela, co-host by the Association of Child Protection and Development (LP2A) and Atambua diocese.
â€śMany national and international associations deal with cases of malnutrition. They have contributed much, but the number of malnutrition cases keeps rising,â€ť said Martina Telik Berek, the associationâ€™s facilitator.
â€śWe focus on pregnant women as well as mothers with children,â€ť she said, as misconduct among families has led to the increase of such cases.
Father Gerardus Herry Fernandez, the associationâ€™s counselor, agreed focusing on expectant mothers is right â€śbecause many pregnant mothers do not know how to treat their fetuses well and many mothers do not understand how to live a healthy life.â€ť
He said the association helps local government promote healthy living among the locals.
The priest said LP2A provides a range of counseling programs at 91 family health centers in 13 villages, which have 337 malnutrition cases. Silawan and Fatubenao villages recorded the highest number of malnutrition.
Hildegarda Suni, a participant, acknowledged that the program â€śhelps us better understand about malnutrition and how to prevent it.â€ť
â€śI am sure a family approach can change little by little,â€ť she added, saying that changing family behavior is not easy.