What does it take to keep girls healthy? Our focus this month is girls’ health!

Here at Plan and Because I am a Girl, we work to prevent sickness and death, as well as making sure that healthcare is available when necessary. Want to know what that looks like in action?  Check out this slideshow about what Plan’s health projects look like!

To get a bit more background, check out this roundup of posts about girls’ health that I’ve written previously here on the Because I am a Girl blog:

Maternal health: Health starts when babies are still in their mother’s bellies. Learn about how keeping moms healthy is a matter of life and death.

Nutrition: Full bellies help girls grow into healthy women, but poverty can get in the way. Food and nutrition can sometimes be a confusing topic, especially unraveling terms like “food security,” but lucky for you we helped to make the basics easy to understand. Plan helps girls get enough to eat through school feeding programs. We want to make sure no lunch box gets left empty!

Water and sanitation: As they grow up, girls need clean water and adequate latrines or toilets, especially when it’s that time of the month.

Infectious disease: Clean water helps girls avoid disease caused by microscopic bacteria and viruses. So do immunizationprevention of HIV transmission from mother to child, and putting a stop to malaria.

Girls’ bodies: We believe that girls’ bodies are good just as they are. That’s why we support healthy body image and work to put an end to female genital cutting (did you know that dads are our allies in that department?). Plan and Because I am a Girl also make supporting girls with disabilities a priority, especially as they can face extra challenges.

Stay tuned for the rest of the month as we explore all the things that we can do to help a girl live a long and healthy life!

What do you think are the most important issues for girls’ health?

 

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