Study: Many SA children still suffering from malnutrition

Solidarity Helping Hand’s study shows that 80 percent of children receive only one to two meals a day.

FILE: Children in Nomzamo are being given food as police continued their operation to evicted hundreds of families in the area on 4 June 2014. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Feeding scheme and NGO, Solidarity Helping Hand, says it's alarmed that at least one in 10 pre-school children in the country suffer from malnutrition.

The organisation has conducted a study with over 500 children between the ages of 2 years and 6 years, to determine the quality and quantity of food they consume on a daily basis.

The organisation says 80 percent of the children involved in its study receive only one to two meals a day.

Although they are from lower income backgrounds and may not afford the standard meal intake of four to five small meals a day, the organisation has urged parents and child care givers to pay more attention to their children's eating habits.

Spokesperson Ilze Nieuwoudt says, "The children are supposed to consume at least four portions of fruits and vegetables per day. They roughly consuming about one portion every two days, it will definitely have implications on the child mental and physical development."

The organisation says it will try to work with government and other feeding schemes across the country to improve their meal plans.