Investing in Nutrition: The Foundation for Development

by Shekar M, Kakietek J, D’Alimonte M et al.
The World Bank, 2016

8 pp. 1.2 MB
http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/963161467989517289/pdf/104865-
REVISED-Investing-in-Nutrition-FINAL.pdf

Every year, malnutrition claims the lives of 3 million children under age five and costs the global economy billions of dollars in lost productivity and health care costs. Yet those losses are almost entirely preventable. A large body of scientific evidence shows that improving nutrition during the critical 1,000 day window from a woman’s pregnancy to her child’s second birthday has the potential to save lives, help millions of children develop fully and thrive, and deliver greater economic prosperity.

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