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Evaluation of maternal and child under-nutrition: Executive Summary of The Lancet Maternal and Child Nutrition Series

Author: The Lancet
Year: 2013
Resource type: Article

Also available from: http://www.thelancet.com/series/maternal-and-child-nutrition

Maternal and child undernutrition, consisting of stunting, wasting, and deficiencies of essential 
vitamins and minerals, was the subject of a Series of papers in The Lancet in 2008.1–5 In the Series, we 
quantified the prevalence of these issues, calculated their short-term and long-term consequences, and 
estimated their potential for reduction through high and equitable coverage of proven nutrition 
interventions. 

The 2008 Series identified the need to focus on the crucial period from conception to a child’s second 
birthday—the 1000 days in which good nutrition and healthy growth have lasting benefits throughout life. 
The Series also called for greater priority for national nutrition programmes, stronger integration with health programmes, enhanced intersectoral approaches, and more focus and coordination in the global nutrition system of international agencies, donors, academia, civil society, and the private sector. 
5 years after the initial series, we re-evaluate the problems of maternal and child undernutrition and 
also examine the growing problems of overweight and obesity for women and children and their 
consequences in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs). Many of these countries are 
said to have the double burden of malnutrition—continued stunting of growth and deficiencies of 
essential nutrients along with the emerging issue of obesity. We also assess national progress in nutrition programmes and international efforts toward previous recommendations.

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