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Causes and consequences of malnutrition

The causes and consequences of malnutrition, nutrition specific interventions, nutrition sensitive interventions, and the political economy of undernutrition.
Assessing maternal and child malnutrition
Nurse talking to pregnant woman
G. Pirozzi / Panos Pictures
This paper in The Lancet 2013 Series on Maternal and Child Nutrition reassess the problems of maternal and child undernutrition, and examines the growing problems of overweight and obesity for women and children and their consequences in low-income and middle-income countries. It also assess national progress in nutrition programmes and international actions consistent with the recommendations from the 2008 Series.

Latest Documents

Political violence, drought and child malnutrition: empirical evidence from Andhra Pradesh, India
J.P. Tranchant; P. Justino; C. Müller / Households in Conflict Network 2014
Households in developing countries have to cope with a myriad of uncertain events, some of which may happen simultaneously. One important example is the interplay between climatic shocks and violent conflict.Although the extent to whi...
Identifying and tackling the social determinants of child malnutrition in urban informal settlements and slums: a cross national review of the evidence for action
P. Pridmore / Institute of Education, University of London 2011
Urbanisation can bring many benefits the rate of change but in many developing countries the rate of change has been so fast and so dramatic that many cities have been unable to cope. Rapid, unplanned urbanisation has led to widesprea...
Agriculture, nutrition and the green revolution in Bangladesh
D.D. Headey; J. Hoddinott / Science Direct 2016
This paper explores agriculture and nutrition linkages in Bangladesh, a country that achieved rapid growth in rice productivity at a relatively late stage in Asia's Green Revolution, as well as unheralded progress against undernutriti...
Climate change and food security in India
M. Chakrabarty / Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi 2016
Climate change has added to the enormity of India's food-security challenges. While the relationship between climate change and food security is complex, most studies focus on one dimension of food security, i.e., food availability. ...
Living on a spike: how is the 2011 food price crisis affecting poor people?
N. Hossain; D. Green / Oxfam 2011
Global food prices rose through much of 2010 and into early 2011. What does that mean for the lives of poor people in developing countries, who spend up to 80 per cent of their household income on food? To find out, IDS research partn...
Do boys eat better than girls in India?
Young Lives 2016
This paper examines gender inequalities in the quality of children’s diet, as defined by dietary diversity, among children growing up in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Dietary diversity is a fundamental aspect of good nutrition: a...
Global dietary quality, undernutrition and non-communicable disease: a longitudinal modelling study
R. Green; J. Sutherland; A.D. Dangour / British Medical Journal 2016
This study aimed to determine the relationship between global dietary energy availability and dietary quality, and nutrition-related health outcome. It has demonstrated that by combining large, publicly available data sets, imp...
Stigma as a barrier to treatment for child acute malnutrition in Marsabit County, Kenya
J.R. Bliss; M. Njenga; R.J. Stoltzfus 2016
Acute malnutrition affects millions of children each year, yet global coverage of life-saving treatment through the community-based management of acute malnutrition (CMAM) is estimated to be below 15%. This study investigated the pote...
Maternal depression and malnutrition in children in southwest Uganda: a case control study
S. Ashaba; G.Z. Rukundo; F. Beinempaka / BMC Public Health 2015
Malnutrition remains one of the most significant child health problems in developing countries with an estimated 53 % of child deaths per year attributed to being underweight. The 2011 Uganda Demographic and Health Survey (UDHS) showe...
Access to nutrition index: Global index 2016
This is the second edition of the Access to Nutrition Index (ATNI). The ATNI is an independent benchmarking tool that measures companies’ contributions to good nutrition against international norms and standards. One in t...

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