Child and maternal nutrition
In the past two decades, child and maternal malnutrition has declined almost by half. Child undernutrition still imposes the greatest nutrition-related health burden at global level.
- 161 million children are stunted due to chronic malnutrition
- 99 million children are underweight
- 45% of child deaths are caused by child and maternal malnutrition
Iron deficiency ANAEMIA increases the risk of pregnancy complications, impaired cognitive development and death in children and mothers. Anaemia, resulting from iron deficiency, affects 50% of pregnant women in developing countries.