As a popular saying goes, “Health is wealth.” Unfortunately, in some parts of the world, there are many citizens with cases of malnutrition, hence the need for the creation and implementation of nutrition programs. These programs should be spearheaded by local government officials of a certain area and supported by non-profit organizations or volunteers.
What constitutes an ideal nutrition program?
The creation and implementation of nutrition programs must be based on the primary needs of the recipients. First, the recipients or beneficiaries must undergo a complete physical check up to determine their overall health status. Then a comprehensive nutrition program must be formulated that would suit the needs of the recipients. This consists of the foods they need to eat, vitamin or mineral supplements they have to take, and exercise or fitness routine that they need to follow in order to get back to the peak of their health.
In case the recipients have any form of illness, proper medications must be given to them. Some patients may even need to be hospitalized so that complete medication and recovery processes may be administered immediately.
Who should formulate and carry out nutrition programs?
Nutritionists, dietitians, doctors, and physicians are entrusted with the task of formulating nutrition programs for malnourished people. They are licensed to administer body checkups, formulate diet plans, and recommend exercise routines that are suitable for each patient or individual. Aside from that, these professionals know how to properly monitor the progress of their patients and recommend any adjustments to the program as necessary.
When it comes to carrying out nutrition or feeding programs, medical professionals may be assisted by those who are willing to provide help like a nurse, paramedic, or even a refugee or orphanage volunteer. They just need to work closely with nutritionists and doctors who know the ideal procedure of restoring the patients back to a healthy state.
Where are nutrition or feeding programs usually done?
These nutrition and health programs are usually implemented by people who live in refugee sites, orphanages, slums, and underdeveloped areas. The local government officials of the city or town where these programs are administered should supervise and fund its operations. They should also appoint or assign the medical and administrative staff that will run the program. For administrative matters, local or even international volunteers may be assigned to do the job. Many non-profit organizations offer volunteer work opportunities like an orphanage or refugee camp volunteering to those who’d like to sign up. In fact, there are lots of people who sign up for different kinds of volunteer work. They consider it a privilege and a blessing to be given the chance to help people in need.
If you’re interested in doing refugee volunteering or perhaps feeding and caring for orphans, you can inquire about volunteer work openings in your local city hall or go online for both local and international volunteering vacancies. For starters, visit Involvement Volunteers International and see the different kinds of volunteer work they offer. You don’t need to have a previous experience in volunteering, only the desire to uplift and restore the dignity of your fellowmen.