We cannot solve poverty without solving malnutrition

Improving nutrition is one of the most effective forms of development aid

We help local NGOs to improve the nutritional situation in order to combat growth retardation and anaemia.

Better nutrition leads to better health, especially for children. Good health increases the chance of escaping the poverty trap.

Improving the nutritional situation with local products

Our health professionals base their recommendations on field research into locally available products. The aim is to find a sustainable solution through the use of tailor-made plans aimed at creating healthy habits.

Green, because plant-based food is not only healthier, but also more sustainable

A predominantly plant-based diet is good for health, the environment and is a better choice in dry areas.

 

Good nutrition helps children to learn better at school.

‘Good nutrition gives children the opportunity to survive, grow, develop, learn, play and participate and contribute. Malnutrition, on the other hand, deprives children of their future prospects and condemns young people to a life of insecurity.’ (Unicef/WHO)

According to the World Health Organisation, malnutrition is the most serious threat to public health. Worldwide, 45 percent of child mortality (for children under 5 years) can be attributed to malnutrition.

The most important issues

Stunting

A child who’s stunting is too small for his age. 

Stunting occurs when a child has not received sufficient nutrients for a longer period of time. Especially during the important periods of growth and development of a child, reduced growth has a detrimental effect on the functioning of the child. Some of these effects include reduced mental development, reduced learning opportunities, poorer school performance, loss of productivity and income in adulthood and an increased risk of diet-related chronic diseases, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity in later life. More info

Wasting

Wasting is a weight too low for the length and a measure of malnutrition that has arisen in a short period of time.

Usually this is a result of inadequate nutrition combined with a high incidence of infectious diseases, especially diarrhoea. Conversely, wasting leads to a reduced functioning of the immune system resulting in a more severe and prolonged course or risk of developing infectious diseases resulting in an increased risk of death.

Underweight, on the other hand, is too low weight for age. The more serious the underweight, the greater the chance of mortality.

 

Overweight

Overweight and undernourished is too much weight for the length. It is often the result of more energy intake through food and drink than a child’s energy needs. Being overweight increases the risk of developing diet-related diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease later in life.

 

Anemia

Anemia is a condition in which the number of red blood cells is too low or not working properly (the so-called Hemoglobin). Malnutrition can lead to deficiencies in various nutrients of the Hemoglobin such as iron, folic acid, vitamin B12 and a vitamin A deficiency. Chronic inflammations, parasite infections and congenital blood diseases can also cause anaemia. Severe anemia is associated with dizziness, weakness, and fatigue which affects development and learning performance.

Nutrition and COVID-19

In July 2020, the report “The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World” was published. The number of people suffering from hunger has increased by 60 million to 690 million since 2015. COVID-19 is estimated to add another 132 million people. COVID-19 reinforces the economic downturn that was already there. People cannot work, lose income and access to markets, and worldwide farmers cannot sell their crops.

This makes the COVID-19 crisis not only a medical and economic crisis, but also a food crisis. Insufficient intake of sufficient and the right nutrients has a direct effect on health. Especially children who have not received enough nutrients until the age of 2 years, can stay behind throughout their lives, physically, mentally and economically. Moreover, malnutrition or a shortage of certain nutrients makes you more vulnerable to a serious viral infection.

Click here for the full report and other supporting references.

The double burden of malnutrition (The Lancet)

News

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A nice ‘side-effect’ of the improvement in nutrition: expansion of the green garden by disabled young people who are trained as gardeners.