New Study Offers Stark Update: Malnutrition Responsible for 45 Percent of all Child Deaths
Today, the latest series on maternal and child malnutrition was published by the leading medical journal The Lancet, and its findings are revelatory. Global malnutrition now accounts for 45% all child deaths worldwide: a staggering 3.1 million young lives are lost each year—a half million from wasting, or severe acute malnutrition—making undernutrition the single greatest threat to child survival.
Five years after this groundbreaking series launched in 2008, The Lancet’s leading nutrition experts once again confirm that acute malnutrition remains a critical global health crisis. The publication goes beyond diagnosis by emphasizing the need for immediate action, with a special emphasis on lifesaving treatment for severe malnutrition as one of the most cost-effective of the nine nutrition interventions outlined in the report.
“We welcome The Lancet’s findings and its call for strident action as we work towards a solution to childhood deaths from malnutrition; a solution which we know is possible in this lifetime because it is preventable, treatable and affordable.”—Anne-Dominique Israel, Senior ACF Nutrition Advisor
A New Conceptual Framework
“We support The Lancet’s new conceptual framework that goes beyond an exploration of the causes of undernutrition to propose concrete multisectoral actions aimed at achieving important childhood nutrition benchmarks.—Anne-Dominique Israel, Senior ACF Nutrition Advisor
Ensuring Funding for Lifesaving Action
Publication: The Lancet’s Executive Summary
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