Breastfeeding is a fight to alleviate poverty. It takes the infant out of poverty for those first few months in order to give the child a fairer start in life.
Unfortunately, living in poverty forced these mothers to feed their babies with diluted condensed milk or tea to survive.
This leads to irreversible stuntedness among poor children.
Stuntedness in Children Causes Learning Difficulties
Breastfeeding is vital for a newborn. It is their first source of nutrition and natural immunity that enhances optimal brain and physical development.
Many established studies suggest that childhood undernutrition, marked by stunting, is connected with age-long reduction in cognitive and physical capabilities.
Early intervention is crucial as it will directly impact their future in learning abilities and career development competencies.
Poor Moms Struggle to Breastfeed
Along with the lack of education and awareness, financially vulnerable mothers struggle significantly to breastfeed. They need continuous support from family, breastfeeding counsellors and society at large.
Alarmingly, 2 out of 5 children are stunted in Malaysia. However, the efforts to cut the number of stunted children under five, according to the Global Nutrition Report is worsening.
After the age of 5 years, stuntedness is irreversible. We are running out of time to secure a better future for these children. The best time to start was yesterday, the next best time is now.
How Arba Foundation Helps
Identify and Qualify
Family in needs, single mothers and low income family.
Provide counsellors to support breastfeeding and nutrition.
Cash assistance for groceries to help mothers have the means to eat right.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do ARBA Foundation actually deliver formula milks to mothers from low-income families?
No, this project is designed to support mothers from low-income household to exclusively breastfeed their babies. Strictly no formula milk or related products are involved in this project.
What is the latest progress of this project?
After being disrupted by the pandemic, currently this project is conducted through online platforms. However, discussions are on-going with our collaborators to shift the project back to physical setting for more optimal impact.
We are also considering moving this project to the state of Kelantan which record the highest cases of stuntedness among children in Malaysia.
ARBA International Waqf (L) Foundation (ARBA Foundation) is a registered public foundation in the Federal Territory of Labuan (LAF00399-I). Empowered with data and technology, we aim to help children escape poverty in Malaysia.