Health and Nutrition
“Every child has the right to nutritious food and access to medical care to support the healthy development of their bodies and minds.”
Malnutrition is still a prominent health issue for children in Thailand, particularly in migrant communities.
Poor nutrition causes delayed physical development, a weakened immune system, fatigue and behavioural difficulties. Children suffering these conditions perform poorly in school, have difficulty socialising and are more prone to sickness and infection.
Public healthcare in Thailand has significantly improved over the past decade, but at-risk children (children living in poverty, children with HIV, children with disabilities and children living in marginalised communities) still struggle to access even basic healthcare services.
Our Health and Nutrition Programme ensures that thousands of at-risk children in Thailand enjoy access to nourishing food and healthcare services.
- Projects that ensure children receive adequate and equal access to vaccinations, healthcare and medication (including antiretroviral drugs to control HIV infection), and adherence and rehabilitation support
- Projects that provide food and clean water and work preventatively to eliminate malnutrition in children
- Projects that provide treatment, therapies and equipment to children and youths with disabilities
- Projects that provide health-related training, including sexual health, hygiene and family planning guidance for young people
Safe Child Thailand's School Lunch Programme, Tak Province
For so many children living in the migrant communities of Tak Province, the lunch they receive at school is the only meal they will eat a day.
Parents work long hours and earn low wages. For some children, there may only be cold leftover rice or a packet of instant noodles for dinner. For others, going to bed with an empty stomach is the norm.
Our School Lunch Programme was established in 2012. It provides lunch to day students and breakfast, lunch and dinner to boarding students, as well as meals for teaching staff.
We provide pantry essentials (cooking oil, salt, rice, fish sauce, canned fish) as well as fresh meat, fruit, vegetables and eggs to provide a balanced diet for students.
In 2016, 1,012 students in 6 schools enjoyed access to nourishing meals at school.
The programme also encourages self-sufficiency by providing mushrooms huts and spore bags for each school.
Mushroom growing is a fun activity that teaches the children about sustainability and provides access to mushrooms all year round – a highly nutritious addition to their diet!