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Keeping children under five alive, safe and learning: Mission: To support children under five realise thier full potential.

The under 5 years children have challenges that hinder their growth and development due to poor health, poor nutrition, limited cognitive stimulation and play due to poor parenting and lack of learning materials, water and sanitation. More than half of Uganda's children leave in vulnerable situations which expose them to human rights abuses. They are orphans or children live in households headed by another child or by an elderly person. They are homeless children, they may be disabled, exploited through child labour, and over all poor physical and mental health. According to the research carried out by REACH THE AGED community based organisation based in Luweero District in 2010, the above was evident

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The research carried out revealed that most children stay with elderly grandparents/widows  who are peasants and have little to do about the growth and development of the grand children, most of whom where under five.  Through interractions with the elderly caregivers during health campaigns, most of the children were malnourished with stunted growth and research indicated that they were orphans and vulnerable children. Care givers with limited parenting skills, poor health seeking behaviors and low incomes.  

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Interesting insights, Nankya. Do you have thoughts on how this situation might be improved? Or do you know of existing initiatives which are working on this issue that we could learn from ahead of our upcoming Ideas phase?

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