Malnutrition and how we can find solutions
Malnutrition remains a critical global challenge with devastating consequences for individuals and communities.
An estimated 821 million people experiencing chronic undernourishment and millions of children suffering from stunting and wasting, urgent action is needed.
To address malnutrition, we must prioritize:
- Improved access to diverse and nutritious foods, especially for vulnerable populations, through initiatives such as food fortification, sustainable agriculture, and food assistance programs.
- Enhanced health and nutrition services, including antenatal care, breastfeeding support, and access to essential micronutrients, to ensure optimal nutrition during the critical early stages of life.
- Clean water, sanitation, and hygiene to prevent water-borne diseases and improve overall health outcomes, especially in low-income communities.
- Approaches that address the underlying causes of malnutrition, such as poverty, inequality, conflict, and climate change, through policy coherence, social protection, and empowerment of marginalized groups.
- Strengthened partnerships among governments, civil society, academia, and the private sector to leverage resources, expertise, and innovation for sustainable solutions.
By prioritizing nutrition-sensitive and nutrition-specific interventions and addressing the root causes of malnutrition, we can make significant strides towards eliminating malnutrition and achieve ending all forms of malnutrition by 2030.
Together, we can build a healthier, more equitable, and sustainable world for all.