The 2020 Global Nutrition Report has found that the Covid 19 pandemic has exposed the weakness of food and health systems, disproportionately impacting already vulnerable populations. Covid 19 is expected to increase this disparity, which means that now is the time to scale up our efforts and support communities and those people most affected.
The crisis will undoubtedly damage the nutritional status of vulnerable groups through multiple mechanisms.
The panic in South Africa is understandable; we are a country that is dealing with a lot: infectious diseases, chronic diseases, malnutrition and poor dietary intake. People are stressed out there even if they don’t share their challenges.
COVID 19 MALNUTRITION CYCLE
WHAT IS FOOD INSECURITY?
The state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable nutritious food. Access to quality nutritious food is fundamental to human existence. Poverty is the main root cause of food insecurity.
Before the Covid19 pandemic, South Africa already had an enormous amount of food insecurity. The pandemic is resulting in a further severe worsening of this in our country:
INFORMAL TRADERS have not been working for the past 2 months due to the lockdown.
Result: Food Insecurity due to food not being readily available.
LAID OFF EMPLOYEES do not have the resources to buy good quality food: many people across all sectors have lost their jobs or have had their salaries cut and as such are purchasing the cheapest calories they can find to feed their families.
Result: Food Insecurity due to the inability to afford quality, nutritious food.
This all leads to malnutrition, causing a whole host of additional health (never mind socio-economic) concerns, such as failure to thrive in infants and small children, increased susceptibility of adults and children alike to infectious diseases such as Covid19, to name but a few.
BACK TO BASICS-NUTRITION HAS A SOLUTION FOR THE FIGHT AGAINST MALNUTRITIONBack to Basics-Nutrition (South African food manufacturer) produces quality nutritional products to help close nutrient gaps in nutritionally-compromised communities, thus preventing malnutrition. Good nutrition is an essential defence strategy to protect communities to fight against epidemics and malnutrition as follows:
Well-nourished individuals are healthier and as such releases the burden on our health systems and save lives.
Quality of life improves when one consumes the correct nutrients the body needs.
Good nutrition helps individuals manage HIV and TB symptoms and prevent complications.
When one consumes a good diet, immune systems become stronger and as such fight disease more effectively.
For individuals on chronic medication, good nutrition optimizes and enhances the benefits of this medication, as well as reducing and managing their side effects.
GOOD QUALITY NUTRITION IN A SINGLE SACHET!
Supa Shakes and Supa Soups are COMPLETE MEAL REPLACEMENT DRINKS that are easy to use, VERY affordable, and packed with good quality proteins, carbohydrates, fibre as well as 22 essential vitamins and minerals to close the nutrient gap. They come in a wide variety of 9 different flavours.
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RELIEF AND COMMUNITY FEEDING
We, therefore, appeal to ALL MINES AND INDUSTRIAL COMPANIES employing shift workers to:
- Feed their employees with Back To Basics immune-boosting, fatigue-fighting cost-effective nutritional drinks;
- Continue to invest in their local communities – treating and preventing malnutrition by purchasing and distributing Back to Basics products. The meal replacers: Supa Shakes and Supa Soups are available in bales of 200 sachets each.
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