Mead Johnson is expanding the reach of our philanthropic programs.
Millions of children live in vulnerable situations – orphanages, group homes or with families who are unable to provide them with the proper nutrition to grow and thrive. Since 2009, our global signature program, A Child’s Best Start, has aimed to partner with caregivers to help these at-risk children address these nutritional challenges. Through on-the-ground, science-based training and resources focusing on nutrition and feeding practices, parents, teachers and caregivers are able to provide children with optimal and sustainable care everywhere from major cities in China to small towns in rural Mexico.
Feeding Hope is a supplemental feeding program that aims to address malnutrition and help eradicate hunger, reduce child mortality and improve mothers’ ability to financially care for their children in some of the poorest communities of the Philippines. The program is a public-private partnership between the Kabisig ng Kalahi Foundation, the Department of Social Welfare and Development. and Mead Johnson Nutrition, among others.
For more than 15 years, the initiative has supported children in nearly 500 neighborhoods across the Philippines and operates 30 cohorts annually, having grown from six. Impacts to date include:
• reaching more than 200,000 malnourished children aged 6 and younger in elementary schools and local barangays, or districts, in the country’s most impoverished neighborhoods
• enabling 98 percent of children participating in the program to achieve normal nutritional levels after entering the program severely malnourished
• helping 80 percent of participating children achieve a normal weight
In partnership with the World Cocoa Foundation, we launched “Aspire to Maternal and Infant Health.” This three-year pilot project in West Africa’s Ivory Coast aims to help mothers in six agricultural communities become more empowered and prosperous by creating a sustainable educational infrastructure by building and equipping classrooms, developing curricula and training teachers. The program promotes “two-generation” learning, providing mothers with financial literacy, health and life skills training, while at the same time offering preschool programming for local toddlers. Within the first year of the initiative, nearly 200 women and girls received literacy training and 50 children attended preschool.
In Peru, we partner with Republica de Peru Daycare to improve the nutrition of the participating toddlers. The program combines teacher and parent education workshops on child health, nutrition and development, with health screening and tracking for preschoolers. As a result of the program, many participating children have recovered from moderate anemia and achieved healthy weight and height levels. The unique program also offers life skills training for parents.