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November 14, 2014

SickKids contributes to first-ever Global Nutrition Report to provide comprehensive narrative on levels of malnutrition across the world

A consortium of nations, organizations, researchers, and academics, including SickKids, has released the first-ever comprehensive narrative on global health and country-level progress toward reducing malnutrition across the globe.

The Global Nutrition Report (GNR) provides a global profile and country profiles on nutrition for each of the United Nations’ 192 member states, and includes specific progress for each country. It will be a centerpiece of the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) in Rome on 19-21 November, organized by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

“The Report provides a timely reminder that a critical need for nutrition actions exists in the countries where these problems abound,” said Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta, inaugural Robert Harding Chair in Global Child Health, Co-Director, SickKids Centre for Global Child Health, and member of the independent expert group that produced the report.

 “Both undernutrition and obesity pose huge burdens for society and affect development. The report underscores the critical nutrition actions that need to be implemented, especially targeting those who are missed and marginalized.”

The report provides a one-stop composite of the often fragmented and disparate information available on global nutrition, and fills in some critical gaps in knowledge and data collection. It covers nutrition status outcomes, program coverage, and underlying determinants, such as food security and water, sanitation and hygiene, resource allocations, and institutional and policy transformations.

Almost every country in the world, rich or poor, faces a serious public health risk due to malnutrition, either from undernutrition, obesity, or micronutrient deficiencies. The cost of poor nutrition is high: premature death, stressed health systems, and a severe drag on economic progress. While economic growth can help reduce malnutrition, boosting an economy is not enough to rid a country of malnutrition, and often makes overweight and obesity more likely.

Given these global child health priorities and the expertise of its researchers, the Centre for Global Child Health at The Hospital for Sick Children is strategically focused on nutrition, growth and development in low resource settings. Among its many research projects, the Centre investigates how to prevent growth stunting due to vitamin deficiencies, how to help children meet their nutrient needs and explore the treatment of severe acute malnutrition. Researchers are engaged in testing and implementing innovations and low-cost solutions, such as the Sprinkles Global Health Initiative, which has been implemented in more than 30 countries. The Centre is also leading efforts to monitor nutrition and micronutrient deficiencies in Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Learn more about the SickKids Centre for Global Child Health.

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It’s hard to meet nutrition goals if you don’t have data on nutrition.  The Global Nutrition Report was compiled to fill in some critical gaps in knowledge and data collection.