Malnutrition is associated with about half of all childhood deaths worldwide. It is estimated that nearly 2 billion people in the world today suffer from micronutrient deficiencies caused largely by dietary deficiency of vitamins, minerals and micronutrients. The public health importance of these deficiencies portend the magnitude of their health consequences, especially in pregnant women and young children, as they affect fetal and child growth, cognitive development and resistance to infection. The absence of nutritious foods has long lasting affects on the health, learning ability, and productivity of children.
The ENSPICE Children’s Foundation believes that every person on this planet has the ability through education, micronutrient supplementation, diet diversification and the development of renewable resources to overcome malnutrition. Children are at greatest risk of malnutrition. Our children are our future. Healthy children ensure a healthy future.
Although people in all population groups in all regions of the world may be affected, the most widespread and severe problems are usually found amongst resource poor, food insecure, and vulnerable households in developing countries. Poverty, lack of access to a variety of foods, lack of knowledge of appropriate dietary practices, and high incidence of infectious diseases are key factors in perpetuating malnutrition.
The ENSPICE Children’s Foundation will earnestly dedicate time, financial and natural resources to create awareness, education, and research to facilitate a genuine commitment to the reduction and in certain regions elimination of malnutrition and micronutrient deficiency in children throughout every hemisphere of the world.
Food, health, and care are affected by social, economic and political factors .The combination and relative importance of these factors differ from country to country. Developing relationships with embedded and well-established Non-Profit Organizations (NPO), Government Run Organizations (GRO), The World Health Organization (WHO), and the Farm & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is critical to our mission success. By working directly with well-established, embedded and trusted organizations within local communities, we are able to further foster already established relationships and good will to the benefit of the children within these communities.
The ENSPICE Children’s Foundation proposes a three-phase strategy to combat malnutrition, stunting and micronutrient deficiencies. The first phase will be to implement a comprehensive micronutrient fortification program into the homes, schools, orphanages, hospitals, refugee camps and areas of devastation following natural disasters. This is the simplest, most cost effective method for overcoming malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies. By sprinkling a micronutrient fortification product onto an already prepared meal once daily, we can ensure that adequate nutritional and micronutrient requirements are achieved.
The ENSPICE Children’s Foundation proposes the Second phase include dietary diversification, introduction of plant and animal food sources, including foods in the diet, which have high micronutrient density such as legumes, vegetables, and fruits with emphasis on natural resources indigenous to respective ecosystems. Dietary diversification is important to improve the intake of critical nutrients and micronutrients. This phase would continue to build upon the use of micronutrient fortification products.
The ENSPICE Children’s Foundation proposes the third phase will continue to build upon the strengths of each subsequent phase. This includes the expansion of micronutrient fortification products, the expansion of dietary diversity of plant and animal food sources, and the expansion of the diversity of respective ecosystems. This expanded diversity will include the introduction, on a larger scale, of non-hybrid seed utilization, crop rotation, and the distribution and sale of harvest surplus to create distribution channels with sustainable community growth. This growth will arise through renewable resources, continuous educational programs in agriculture, hydroponics, and animal husbandry, and will insure adequate and abundant nutrient and micronutrient densities while insuring renewable and sustainable resources.