In poverty-stricken communities, children and youth are exposed to numerous health dangers every day.

  • In congested urban slums, they navigate landscapes of broken glass and exposed trash, avoiding illegal power lines and chaotic traffic and breathing heavily polluted air.
  • In rural environments, children climb treacherous hillsides on narrow, rocky paths and often live in poorly built homes that offer little protection from the elements.

Most poor communities also lack basic sanitation services and clean water sources. Contaminated soil and water expose kids to parasites, diseases and other serious health problems. Together, these threats make it difficult for children in poverty to remain healthy, active and able to attend school.

How We Help Provide Health Care for Children in Poverty

At Children International, we never forget this simple truth: Healthy children have a better chance at overcoming poverty and leading happier, more successful lives.

Children International focuses on the overall health of children in need by providing access to:

  • Routine medical checkups
  • Curative procedures
  • Medicine
  • Dental checkups and treatment
  • Malnutrition screening and rehabilitation
  • Anti-parasite campaign
  • Tuberculosis treatment and care
  • Health and hygiene education
  • Electronic medical records
  • Health care professionals, including doctors, dentists, nurses, therapists and nutritionists
  • Emergency care for children with critical injuries or illness.
Providing healthcare to children in poverty


Each year, CI doctors and dentists provide hundreds of thousands of free medical and dental exams to children and youth, and our malnutrition rehabilitation program and anti-parasite and TB campaigns improve the health of thousands more.