Eggs: one simple solution that stops chronic malnutrition and stunting so that children can reach their full potential.

Children less than an hour from our Australian shores are suffering from acute stunting. Half of all children in Timor-Leste and Papua New Guinea are affected.

You can help by asking your local Federal MP to take action. One solution is simple: EGGS. Supporting World Vision’s work with our Pacific neighbours means helping families raise chickens so that every child can benefit from the super nutrition of eggs.

In Timor Leste, chickens can hold the key to preventing children becoming malnourished


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What is World Vision doing in the Pacific?

To fight child stunting, we are delivering life-changing healthcare and supporting Pacific families through a range of programs which include:

  • Helping families raise chickens so that they can access the nutritious goodness of eggs.
  • Educating parents about the connection between food, nutrition and health.
  • Teaching communities to grow superfoods like soy beans, mung beans and sweet potato.

Got questions? We've got answers:

It might come as a surprise that children less than an hour from Australian shores are suffering from such chronic malnutrition. We have a responsibility to support our nearest neighbours' families and communities to create healthier and more prosperous futures. 

As a member of the Pacific family, Australia cannot ignore the scourge of child undernutrition which is having deep and long-lasting impacts on the region’s health, productivity and prosperity.

COVID-19 is exacerbating the nutrition crisis in the Pacific. If we ignore it, it will scar an entire generation of the region’s children. World Vision Australia is committed to its work in the Pacific region to ensure children are not left behind.

A person who is malnourished and suffering from “wasting” has a body weight which is low compared with their height. It usually happens if, for a prolonged period, a person hasn’t eaten enough of the right food.  

A person who has a low weight according to their age is considered to suffer from “stunting”. Caused by chronic or recurrent undernutrition, stunting prevents children from reaching their physical and cognitive potential. 

Source: World Health Organisation 

Acute malnutrition is about an immediate, urgent lack of food.

Chronic malnutrition is about a lack of nutrients over an extended period (not necessarily a lack of food).

The highest rates of acute malnutrition (wasting) are in Africa. But some of the highest rates of chronic malnutrition (stunting) are in the Pacific. 

Good nutrition, particularly in a child’s first two years of life, shapes cognitive development and a healthy body. Ultimately, it gives children the opportunity to live life in all its fullness. 

Good chicken raising and egg production are vital for many people in developing economies to improve nutrition and help kids thrive.  
  1. Eggs are dense in high-quality protein 
  2. They contain high levels of micro-nutrients
  3. They are especially good for young children and pregnant mothers
  4. Healthy chickens provide a daily supply of eggs
  5. They come in their own hygienic packaging  

Raising chickens is important in the battle against malnutrition, wasting and stunting. Other strategies include: 

  • Supporting education and increasing awareness about the connection between food, nutrition and health  

  • Improving livelihoods to increase household incomes

  • Teaching communities farming techniques to grow superfoods

World Vision Australia supports programs which improve children’s access to nutritious and healthy food in PNG, Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste. 
  1. Eggs
  2. Soybeans
  3. Mung beans
  4. Red kidney beans
  5. Orange sweet potato
  6. Moringa




There is enough nutritious food for everyone!