The Cost of Malnutrition

11/13/2012 08:56 am ET | Updated Jan 13, 2013

Malnutrition takes the lives of 300 children every hour. It also robs people of their earning potential and stands in the way of a country's economic development. Malnutrition in the 1,000 days between pregnancy and a child's second birthday carries lifelong consequences, affecting a child's growth and development, ability to learn, and lifelong health and productivity. Cost-effective solutions exist, and an investment in reducing malnutrition has a high rate of return. When we improve nutrition for poor mothers and children during the 1,000-day window, we give children and their communities the opportunity for a better future. What if you could do something this #GivingTuesday to help eliminate malnutrition? Bread for the World urges you to get the facts and give a child a better start in life.

The Cost of Malnutrition

*All photographs copyright Laura Elizabeth Pohl/Bread for the World

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