This Universal Children’s Day, we encourage the global development community to think strategically, creatively, and inclusively in addressing nutrition before and after the 1,000-day window.
Malnutrition is one of the greatest challenges to health and development in many low- and middle-income countries—it contributes to 45 percent of all deaths in children under the age of five. Like any national challenge, sufficient, sustained funding is needed to address this issue.
If we look at why we need food—that is, for our bodies to receive the nutrients they need to perform at their best—then food security is really about nutrition security. When we look at how climate change affects whether “all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient safe and nutritious food” we must keep nutrition at the forefront of the conversation.
Public health officials and researchers in Uganda were pleasantly surprised to find that between 2001 and 2011, anemia rates had decreased markedly for women and children. However, sustaining this momentum requires an understanding of the reasons why anemia rates are decreasing.
In Liberia, bad roads and limited medical staff make it difficult for pregnant women to receive health care.
Writing from the 2013 APHA conference, JSI’s Alexis D’Agostino shares findings from some of the research and analysis done by the SPRING project on Iron-Folic Acid supplementation programs.
Evidence has been mounting to support the hypothesis that maternal undernutrition, as well as in-utero infant and young child undernutrition, are correlated with the risk of developing nutrition related non-communicable diseases (N-RNCDs) later in life.