Spearhead Special Report – 27.12.2018
By Syed Murtaza Zaidi
Research Analyst, Spearhead Research
The great American writer and social reformer Frederick Douglass once remarked that “It is easier to build strong children, than to repair broken men”. While it may be a stereotypical thing to say, children truly are the future, and the ultimate destiny of this world lies in their hands. This is why it is imperative that every step must be taken to not only prepare them for the hardships that life may throw at them in due time, but also that they are kept safe from the many ills in the world, till such time that they can face these problems head on. However, it seems that humanity has failed spectacularly in this regard, especially when it comes to the mental and physical health of children the world over.
There has been a sharp incline in the rate of children affected by mental health disorders, while the rate of suicides in adolescents has been on the rise as well. Additionally, the prevalence of violent or inappropriate images on the internet, and a growing dependence on mobile devices, has given rise to other issues that may have long lasting psychological effects. However, while all these problems are of great concern, there is one issue that takes precedence, especially in Africa and South East Asia – Malnutrition.