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Child Malnutrition

Bill Gates Says Studying Dinosaurs Can Help Us Save More Kids' Lives

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 03.03.2015 | Impact

The bones of prehistoric beasts aren't just cool to uncover -- they can be vital tools in today's fight against malnutrition, too. In a Feb. 24 bl...

The Impact of Food Insecurity and Malnutrition on Children

Vanessa Thevathasan | Posted 12.20.2014 | Impact
Vanessa Thevathasan

Hunger has forced generations into a cycle of poverty, and for children today the long-term impact will impair their ability to stay in school and seek employment. Reducing food insecurity has to be a priority for governments and the international community.

A Food System Fit for the Future?

Marc Van Ameringen | Posted 12.16.2014 | Impact
Marc Van Ameringen

For the first time in history we believe that it is possible to eradicate malnutrition in our lifetimes. But to achieve this we need to build a food system that is fit for the future.

Our Planet Is Changing -- So Must Our Global Food System

Marc Van Ameringen | Posted 11.26.2014 | Impact
Marc Van Ameringen

In the face of climate change, our basic food systems have to be reimagined so that the world is producing nutritious food in a more sustainable way that increases livelihoods.

Famine Alert: Immediate Response Is Needed to Combat Somalia's Growing Humanitarian Crisis

Vanessa Thevathasan | Posted 11.24.2014 | World
Vanessa Thevathasan

Famine is at Somalia's door once again. In May, U.N. officials alerted the international community that up to 200,000 children under the age of five could die from severe malnutrition by the end of the year. The situation is exacerbated by the limited international response.

Famine Alert: Immediate Response Is Needed to Combat Somalia's Growing Humanitarian Crisis

Vanessa Thevathasan | Posted 11.22.2014 | Impact
Vanessa Thevathasan

Famine is at Somalia's door once again. In May, U.N. officials alerted the international community that up to 200,000 children under the age of five could die from severe malnutrition by the end of the year. The situation is exasperated by the limited international response.

Development Goals Must Adapt to New Nutrition Challenges

Marc Van Ameringen | Posted 10.18.2014 | Impact
Marc Van Ameringen

We can eliminate malnutrition. And, I believe that it's possible to do so by 2030. Ambitious targets and a common vision are a great start. But, to fix the food system we need a framework that drives stakeholders to work together, regardless of their differences.

How the NYT Masks Hinduphobia with Science

Suhag A. Shukla, Esq. | Posted 09.20.2014 | Religion
Suhag A. Shukla, Esq.

None of this is to say that open defecation is either a good idea in this day and age, or even defensible. But making sweeping claims, using them to justify near-bigotry, and papering over obvious challenges hardly advances the conversation.

Preventing Malnutrition, One Child at a Time

Nan Dale | Posted 08.24.2014 | Impact
Nan Dale

Long before I joined Action Against Hunger and became fervently committed to ending childhood malnutrition, I had a "nutrition incident." What happened undoubtedly shaped my future approach to the work I do today.

Stunting Stalls in Timor-Leste, Exposing 'Human Infrastructure' Investment Gap

Kyle Knight | Posted 08.03.2014 | World
Kyle Knight

A 2013 UNICEF report listed Timor-Leste as having the highest percentage of children under five who are moderately or severely stunted in the world, matched only by Burundi.

The Clock Is Ticking: One Month to Avert a Hunger Crisis in South Sudan

Joseph Cahalan, PhD | Posted 04.26.2014 | Impact
Joseph Cahalan, PhD

In two months, violence has shattered South Sudan's fragile markets. Trade is disrupted. Food supplies were looted. Shops were destroyed.

Salt and Terror in Afghanistan

Kathy Kelly | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
Kathy Kelly

Several articles on Afghanistan's worsening hunger crisis, appearing in the Western press, prompt readers to ask how Afghanistan could be receiving vast sums of non-military aid and yet still struggle with severe acute malnourishment among children under age five.

This Fungus Could Be Key In Solving World Hunger

Elyssa Pachico | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Elyssa Pachico

A Dutch bio-engineer says his lab-produced fungus could someday be used to save the lives of hungry people in the developing world. But first, it ...

What if doctors could prescribe seeds?

Barry Segal | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Barry Segal

Guest blog post by: Julie Carney and Jessie Cronan of Gardens for Health International When a worried mother in Rwanda brings in her severely malnou...

$1 A Day Can Solve One Of Guatemala's Most Troubling Problems. Here's How.

Margaret Blood | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Margaret Blood

Fifty percent of children in Guatemala suffer from chronic malnutrition, the fourth highest rate in the world, condemning them to a life of learning challenges and putting them at high risk for chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension. We are planting the seeds for a movement to ensure that every child in Guatemala has the opportunity to graduate from sixth grade healthy, literate and prepared to continue their education. Will you join us?

How A 4-Cent Multivitamin Could Close China's Education Gap

Linda Murray | Posted 10.27.2013 | Impact
Linda Murray

New research shows that a multivitamin that costs less than 4 cents a day can level the education playing field for poor and undernourished children in China.

Finally, a Humanitarian Crisis That Corporations Can Completely Fix -- and Fast

Matt Aubry | Posted 10.07.2013 | Impact
Matt Aubry

In my two decades working for social change, I've found that donors of all stripes -- from the socially conscious 20-something texting a $5 gift to the biggest corporate partner -- share one common frustration.

Malnutrition in the Slums of the Global South: Five Solutions That Work

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 08.14.2013 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Malnutrition. Under nutrition. Unsafe food. High prices. These are some of the pervasive problems residents of informal, impoverished, and marginalized communities face in the Global South.

Fueling Our Collective Future

Ray Chambers | Posted 08.07.2013 | Impact
Ray Chambers

More than ever, we must understand that the consequences of an undernourished population extend beyond the individual suffering, with entire societies at risk. It's no longer simply about feeding the hungry.

The 10 Most Challenging Places In The World To Be A Mother

Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact

Earlier this month, we profiled the 30 best places in the world to be a mother — those countries where women are given the social, economic and educ...

Fight Malnutrition by Empowering Mothers Around the World

Kathy Spahn | Posted 07.10.2013 | Impact
Kathy Spahn

2013-04-23-theraiseforwomenchallenge300x60.jpgMalnutrition remains one of the world's most pervasive problems, especially for women and children. While it is our mothers from whom we receive our first nourishment, there are many who are unable to provide this adequately due to their own poor nutrition.

UN Report: 165 Million Children 'Stunted'

AP | SHAWN POGATCHNIK | Posted 06.15.2013 | Impact

DUBLIN — The United Nations Children's Fund says more than a quarter of children under the age of 5 worldwide are permanently "stunted" from mal...

Sequestration, Scarcity and America's Values

Mark Moore | Posted 05.12.2013 | Politics
Mark Moore

We have long been reminded of scarcity of oil, and more recently scarcity of water has been at the forefront of our minds. Perhaps the scariest of all scarcity issues is food, where Malthusian projections of calamity have long loomed with concerns of an overpopulated planet.

A Simple Change to Save 830,000 Lives

Ashley Morton | Posted 05.05.2013 | Impact
Ashley Morton

In the U.S., mothers choose to breastfeed for a variety of reasons but in most cases the reason isn't that their child will die otherwise.

Health Interventions and Local Mores: Approaches to Effective Intervention

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 03.12.2013 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

What impact do local traditions have on health indicators? How can modern approaches be paired with indigenous customs to improve the health of communities? These are some of the questions that our correspondents set out to answer.