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The Healthy Child Handbook: A Guide to Childhood Wellness in Developing Countries

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We created The Healthy Child Handbook because we found that childcare workers usually have limited training – or none at all – when it comes to childhood disease prevention and management. The Healthy Child Handbook helps the staff of children’s homes diagnose and respond to childhood illnesses in India.

We want to share this as a free ebook to everyone who wants to improve the health of children in developing countries.

In addition to the handbook, we also created a companion coloring book. We found that the children were reading the manual with great interest.

The Healthy Child Handbook is available in English. It has also been translated into Telugu, the local language in the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, where we work.



The World’s Children Healthy Child Initiative

This initiative provided funding for The Healthy Child Handbook. The Initiative covers health expenses not included in the regular budget of the orphanages we support. In addition to paying for preventive health needs, we have an emergency medical fund to cover unexpected sickness and injury.

Loretta Worthington, Board Member

Loretta Worthington

Loretta Worthington

Board Member

Loretta met David Purviance on a chance trip in 2006, while seeking to be of service to the vulnerable children in India.  Since then, Loretta has been a longtime supporter of World’s Children as a donor, sponsor, and previous Board member.  She had the wonderful opportunity to return to India twice to visit several World’s Children orphanages, and even identified the Happy Home orphanage and petitioned to bring it into the WC family. Loretta raised funds to build a well at Happy Home, where it now has clean water for all the children and staff.

Loretta currently works with the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services as the Program Manager for the six Medical Hubs – the child abuse evaluation clinics for the County. She also serves as the Program Manager for the County’s Gender Health Program, serving patients seeking gender-affirming care in a safe environment.  Before her work with Los Angeles County, Loretta spent many years serving non-profit organizations in CA and in MN, her last as the Executive Director of a statewide non-profit in MN. She has a long history of volunteer work including Board Member and Board Chair service, grant writing and fundraising experience, program development, and creative leadership, all serving our most vulnerable and disenfranchised populations.

Loretta holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Services, a Master’s degree in Spiritual Psychology, and a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership.  She lives in Los Angeles County with her partner, Myck, and their rescue kitties, Scooter and Thunder.

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