Tackling Global Malnutrition
The Prime Minister will announce that tackling global malnutrition will be London's Olympic Legacy on the day of the closing ceremony. The purpose of this and related blogs is to encourage public health workers including nutritionists to get involved in international efforts to tackle malnutrition. Individuals and organisations can also find out what strategies are being used by agencies like Save the Children. We hope that the information presented here encourages support for their efforts.
The Double Burden of Poor Nutrition
The Economist featured an article called The Nutrition Puzzle - why do so many people in poor countries eat so badly and what can be done about it? This article highlights the 'double burden' of poor nutrition in countries where both under nutrition and obesity have risen.
In a world of 7 billion people
- 1 billion do not consume enough calories (under nutrition)
- 1 billion consume too many calories and are obese (over nutrition)
- A third of all children are underweight or stunted
- 1 billion are malnourished because they lack vitamins of which...
- 160 million children lack vitamin A which can lead to blindness, poor immunity and death
- 50% of children in developing countries are deficient in iron
- 18 million babies suffer poor mental development as a result of iodine deficiency
Strategies to Combat Global Malnutrition
- Focus on the first 1,000 days
- Scale up maternal health programmes
- Teach good feeding practices
- Concentrate on the poor who need help the most
- Measure, monitor and evaluate impact
The First 1,000 Days
Leading the Race Against Hunger
In recent times, there has been much debate about how to spend aid. DFID will be focusing on tackling undernutrition in the poorest parts o the world. It was reassuring to learn from USAID that DFID investment will have produced 'the return of 40 times' in terms of economic and humanitarian savings. The Secretary of State for International Development Andrew Mitchell, said at that meeting that It is not just the British government but 'the British taxpayer, British civil society, NGOs, charities, philanthropic foundations and the private sector. All of us are involved in this very important mission...'
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