Malnutrition of school-aged children age three and up is often overlooked because the acute malnutrition seen in preschool-aged children is associated with more illness and death. However, older children still suffer from micronutrient deficiency, anemia and diarrhea due to malnutrition. MFK continues to work toward a solution to this devastating problem.
MFK developed a nutritious school snack (Vita Mamba) with funding by USDA/McGovern Dole. A 2012- 2013 study of the acceptability and efficacy of Vita Mamba was performed in Cap-Haitien involving four schools with children below the poverty line. We discovered through data analysis that 70.6% of these Haitian school children between ages three and 13 were anemic.
What is Anemia?
Anemia means that a person’s hemoglobin level is low. In an anemic person there are not enough red blood cells to carry essential oxygen to tissues. A large cause of this problem is poor nutrition. Symptoms of anemia include fatigue, frequent infections, and poor school performance.