Recognizing that Globally, millions of children live without parental care, with most living in orphanages, group homes and institutions. While their caregivers work very hard to provide optimal care to these children, science-based training and resources on nutrition and feeding practices to help identify nutrition deficiencies are often unavailable.
Recognizing that proper nutrition is critical to every child’s growth and development, the Mead Johnson Nutrition Foundation and The Joint Council for International Children’s Services
started a program dedicated to improving nutritional care for children living in vulnerable conditions around the world.
The program, called A Child’s Best Start, identifies best practices for nutrition care and provides important nutrition information to individual caregivers through training on the ground in facilities located everywhere from major cities in China to small towns in rural Mexico. We are also working with The SPOON Foundation
, a member of the Joint Council network with expertise in orphan nutrition, to establish and lead the program’s Global Nutrition Working Group of medical experts who will provide guidance to the development of program materials.
In addition to implementing in-country training programs and support for individual organizations that care for vulnerable children, a critical element of A Child’s Best Start is OrphanNutrition.org.
This website is an international portal containing best practices and a free library of resources to help address nutrition issues specific to this population of children.