Every day, 95 children in the Philippines die from malnutrition. Twenty-seven out of 1,000 Filipino children do not get past their fifth birthday. A third of Filipino children are stunted, or short for their age. Stunting after 2 years of age can be permanent, irreversible and even fatal.
Apart from high rates of stunting and neonatal deaths, low routine immunization coverage and lack of access to clean water and sanitation facilities also threaten children’s survival and development in the Philippines.
This is exacerbated by natural disasters and climate change that impact one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world.
Children who do make it past their fifth birthday face an uncertain future. During adolescence, children are faced with various challenges that impede their health and well-being. Teenage pregnancy, HIV infections, and violence are a few of the threats they face.