‘Roots to Shoots’ addresses malnutrition

PILIPINAS Shell Foundation Inc. (PSFI) has claimed success for its Roots to Shoots (RTS) Program, which aimed to address malnutrition in targeted communities.

PSFI, the social arm of Shell companies in the Philippines, reported that the pilot program’s Mother and Child Care Component reduced stunting in children in Bombon and Pasacao in Camarines Sur, from 32.90 percent to 25.45 percent, and 31.90 percent to 21.33 percent, respectively. Camarines Sur has the highest prevalence of stunting in the Bicol Region. In Bombon and Pasacao, 20 percent of children under 5 years old are stunted, meaning they are too short for their age.