Yet as essential as good nutrition is to human health and development, malnutrition is a problem of enormous magnitude. Globally, almost half of all child deaths are due to malnutrition and it is now estimated that 1/3 of the world’s population is malnourished—suffering from either undernutrition, obesity, deficiencies in essential vitamins and minerals or some combination of all three.
Malnutrition is especially devastating to babies and young children whose brains and bodies depend on good nutrition for their healthy growth and development. And while the damage done is almost always irreversible and reaches far into the future, it is also entirely preventable. The right nutrition during the 1,000 days between a woman’s pregnancy and her child’s 2nd birthday can save lives and enable children to reach their full potential. It can also have a powerful impact on a country’s economy, boosting GDP by as much as 12%.
children die from malnutrition every year
of children are stunted as a result of chronic malnutrition
of this is preventable
Brighter futures begin with better nutrition. Learn more about how the world is addressing the challenges of malnutrition and ensuring a healthier first 1,000 days for mothers and children everywhere.