The Crisis

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The statistics provoke an overwhelming cry for help.

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Eye-opening Statistics:

  • Global estimate: 1 out of 4 children are malnourished.
  • Every 6 seconds a child under the age of 5 dies from malnutrition.
  • At 53%, malnutrition accounts for a higher percentage of deaths per year of children under the age of 5; more than AIDS, malaria, diarrhea and TB combined.
  • 17 million children are born underweight every year.
  • Astonishingly, 400 million children are malnourished, and the numbers are growing.
  • Iron deficiency is the most prevalent form of malnutrition worldwide, affecting an estimated 2 billion people. Eradicating iron deficiency can improve national productivity levels by as much as 20 percent.
  • 70% of brain growth occurs before the age of 2, and if the crisis of malnutrition is not addressed, brain growth is reduced and IQ is lowered.
  • Malnutrition: a general term that indicates a lack of some or all nutritional elements necessary for human health.
  • Malnutrition causes permanent irreversible brain stunting. 30-40 million youth under the age of 2 are affected.


  • World Hunger and Malnutrition: Facts, Figures and Statistics
  • Statistics: USA Poverty
  • WHO Global Database on Anaemia

UNICEF reports:

  • An estimated 146 million children under the age of five are underweight and 170 million stunted (short for their age) [UNICEF].
  • Lack of Vitamin A kills a million infants a year.
  • Vitamin and mineral deficiencies impair intellectual development, compromise immune systems, provoke birth defects and consign millions to living below their full physical and mental potential.
  • In sub-Saharan economies alone, it is estimated that vitamin and mineral deficiencies are costing more than $2.3 billion in lost productivity.