Improving child nutrition
Bianke is a World Vision Community Health Resource Person. She’s passionate about improving the health of people in her community – especially growing children.
Bianke believes a community bias towards foods high in sugar often means that children and families consume little else of nutritional value.
“We’ve noticed, that most of the time they eat more of the ‘energy food’ – once they eat it, then they feel like they are full. They don’t regard other foods as important,” she says.
In her role, Bianke also monitors the health of children in her community. She says that many underweight babies and children often do not consume enough protein.
Because of this, Bianke works with her community to help parents understand the value that different foods – like eggs and vegetables – offer to a balanced diet and how often to eat them. She also runs cooking classes and other workshops to demonstrate simple, nutritious recipes using locally available ingredients.
“The aim is to educate them. Once they realise that these other foods are important as well as the energy that they are taking, then that makes a difference,” she says.