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From head to toe: Anatomy of a girl’s health

It’s a fact: girls are more vulnerable to certain health risks, simply because they are girls. But here at Plan, we’re targeting the specific health needs of girls so they can stay healthy and attain a brighter future. View the infographic below to learn more!

Anatomy of a girl's health infographic

Keeping girls healthy

Early childhood development: A girls’ first 5 years are spent learning and growing. What happens to a girl mentally and physically during her first 5 years will affect her health and education for the rest of her life!

Nutrition: When a girl doesn’t get enough food and nutrients, her body can’t fight off sickness. That’s why good nutrition plays such a big role in preventing diseases that are the most deadly to girls in developing countries, like pneumonia, diarrhea, and measles. Without enough food, girls also find it hard to excel in the classroom.

Access to health care: Girls who get sick in rural areas are often far away from hospitals. To help people in rural areas get access to basic health services, Plan trains local community members to become community health workers, and helps establish health clinics.

Self-esteem and body image: Healthy relationships take practice, and Plan helps girls get a head start by helping both girls and boys learn about love, relationships, sexuality, and HIV/AIDS. Getting girls involved in sports and community leadership are two other ways that Plan helps girls develop self-esteem and body image.

Reproductive health: Did you know that every minute a woman dies of pregnancy-related complications? That’s a fact we want to change. Keeping mothers and their babies healthy is crucial, that’s why we’re working to provide women with the essential care they need before, during and after the birth of their newborn.

Prevention of malaria and other infectious diseases: Diseases that pass from person to person, or from animals to people, are known as infectious diseases. Measles, malaria, and HIV/AIDS are all examples of infectious disease. These diseases can be deadly when left untreated, and the best way to put a stop to them is to prevent them from spreading. That’s why anti-malaria bed nets are so effective! They protect children and families from malaria and save thousands of families every year.

Active living: Keeping active keeps girls healthy, and has the added benefits of helping them learn leadership skills and build self-esteem. Plan helps girls get off the sidelines by supporting girls’ soccer teams in countries like Indonesia, Togo, Peru and Ghana.

Support for girls with disabilities: In developing countries, poverty and disability are closely related. When a girl is injured or born with a disability, her family may not have the resources to find her the extra support she needs to excel. Stigma against girls with disabilities adds a double whammy. Check out how Plan and Because I am a Girl help support girls with disabilities.

Hygiene and sanitation: The power is in your hands, literally. Did you know that making handwashing a habit could save more lives than any single medical intervention? The best time to wash is before eating, or after using the toilet. Safe sewers, toilets and latrines also help keep us safe from diseases like diarrhea caused by polio and cholera.

Clean water: More than 2 million children die every year as a result of diarrhea caused by poor sanitation and hygiene. Hygiene and sanitation can help prevent disease, but so can making sure girls have access to clean water sources. With Plan helping to support and build clean water points, these deadly diseases can be avoided.