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Mother, Infant and Young Child Nutrition and Malnutrition

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Nutrition and Malnutrition

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The orange ribbon is an awareness ribbon for malnutrition.
The orange ribbon is
an awareness ribbon
for malnutrition.

This section contains a simple explanation about malnutrition for the community at large.

About Malnutrition

Infographic: Understanding Hunger and Malnutrition

Infographic: Understanding Hunger and Malnutrition
Undernourishment or chronic hunger is the inability of persons to consume enough food sufficient to meet dietary energy requirements.
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Malnutrition is an abnormal physiological condition caused by deficiencies, excesses or imbalances in energy, protein and/or other nutrients. Undernutrition is when the body contains lower than normal amounts of one or more nutrients i.e. deficiencies in macronutrients and/or micronutrients. The most pervasive form of malnutrition to date in the poorest countries is undernutrition.

After the age of two or three years, the effects of chronic malnutrition in a baby will be irreversible. This means that to break the intergenerational transmission of poverty and malnutrition, it is essential that children at risk must be reached during their first two years of life.

Top 10 Things You Didn't Know About Malnutrition

Top 10 Things You Didn't Know About Malnutrition

  1. One in four of the world's children are stunted, because of malnutrition
  2. Malnutrition is an underlying cause of the death of 2.6 million children each year – one-third of the global total of children's deaths
  3. If a child becomes malnourished in the womb or before the age of two the damage can be irreparable
  4. As the world is focussed on the financial crisis, a hidden crisis of child malnutrition is threatening children's lives
  5. Change is possible. Brazil has made impressive improvements in the nutrition of its population.
  6. Around 80% of stunted children live in just 20 countries.
  7. Solutions are simple. There are 13 direct interventions, such as vitamin A, that are proven to have an impact on the nutrition and health of children and mothers.
  8. Improving nutrition is good investment. Well-nourished children are less prone to diseases and illness and are more able to concentrate at school.
  9. Targeting support at pregnant and breastfeeding women, and children under 2, can make a difference.
  10. Tackling child malnutrition is the right thing to do. Children shouldn't be going to bed hungry every night.


Women and Hunger: 10 Facts

from the World Food Programme

Women have a crucial role to play in the fight against hunger. As mothers, farmers, teachers and entrepreneurs, they hold the key to building a future free of malnutrition. Here are ten reasons why empowering women is such an important part of our work.

Laying the Foundation for Combating Malnutrition in India
The importance of balanced nutrition and health

An initiative of HealthPhone™, conducted under the aegis of Indian Academy of Pediatrics, in partnership with the Ministry of Women and Child Development, UNICEF, Aamir Khan and with support from Vodafone.

It is the World's Largest Programme to Battle Malnutrition amongst Mothers and Children. The objective of this nationwide campaign against malnutrition is to address issues of status of women, the care of pregnant mothers and children under two, breastfeeding and the importance of balanced nutrition and health. The focus is on women between 13 and 35 years of age and their family members.

The four Poshan videos are hosted on a dedicated WAP page and accessible to all Vodafone India subscribers on their mobile phones.

Vodafone India subscribers can also give a missed call on 1 800 120 8989 (toll-free) to receive a link to the WAP page via SMS.

50 Numbers to Help End Malnutrition by 2030

The 2015 Global Nutrition Report contains a lot of numbers. We have been asking panellists at various launch events which they find most interesting and why. Here is our top 50 list of  statistics, organised around key points. They are intended to be useful for your briefing notes, speeches, power points, press releases, tweets, blogs, opinion pieces and conversations. Please use them — numbers are just numbers until you bring them to life to contribute to a movement for change.

Malnutrition: Meeting the Global Challenge

The goal of the presentation Malnutrition: Meeting the Global Challenge is to strengthen support for nutrition as a priority health and development issue on global and national policy agendas. This process includes tapping into existing networks and ongoing initiatives to add value to local policy advocacy activities, fostering policy dialogue, and supporting program and policy improvements to strengthen nutrition programs. The presentation is designed to provide an overview of the current global nutrition situation, the state of progress in achieving the World Health Assembly’s nutrition targets, and the challenges ahead.

What is malnutrition?
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Hundreds of millions of people around the world are starving, while half a billion are obese—and they are living side by side in the same countries and the same communities. In this short video, learn more about malnutrition from FAO and WHO experts.

Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN
What is chronic hunger?
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Over 800 million people in the world consistently do not get enough food to eat, and go to bed hungry. The effects of chronic hunger are irreversible, contributing to almost half of all child deaths worldwide. In this short video, learn more about chronic hunger from FAO and WHO experts.

Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN
What is hidden hunger?
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Hidden hunger, or micronutrient deficiencies, occurs when the quality of food that people eat does not meet their nutrient requirements, so they are not getting the essential vitamins and minerals they need for their growth and development. It affects two billion people across the globe. In this short video, learn more about hidden hunger from FAO and WHO experts.

Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN
What is the double burden?
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The "Double Burden" is when hunger and obesity affect people within the same population.

Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN
What are food systems?
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Food systems bring food from the farm to your plate. Fixing food systems is the key to ending malnutrition.

The Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) is an inclusive inter-governmental meeting on nutrition jointly organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The two main outcome documents of the conference are the Rome Declaration on Nutrition: a political commitment document, and the Framework for Action: a technical guide for implementation.

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