Malnutrition is the physical result of hunger, a devastating disease of epidemic proportions that has 50 million children under five suffering worldwide. It is the result of food shortages or an inadequate diet. Annually, it is the cause of death of more than 3.1 million children. These deaths could be prevented with proper nutritional treatment.
But this pandemic is also a social problem: a heavy mortgage affects the future of children who suffer from it. It affects the child’s physical and intellectual development and health for the rest of his/her life. These children grow up to be frail adults who would find it difficult to support his or her family, thus perpetuating the vicious circle of poverty and hunger. It is estimated that the productivity loss of a person who has suffered malnutrition exceed 10% the income obtained throughout his life and that a country can lose up to 3% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) because of malnutrition.
We therefore believe that, if malnutrition is a heavy burden for millions of children in the world, nutrition can be an excellent investment. Improving the nutritional status of a population strengthens its capabilities and stimulates the development process, leading to a reduction in poverty.