Overview of Hidden Hunger in Africa
In sub-Saharan Africa, malnutrition is severe, with many challenges slowing improvement.
Over a third of the population suffers from undernutrition and the broad human, social and economic cost is devastating. Half a million children in sub-Sahara Africa die each year from common diseases because they are not protected by vitamin A.
Iodine and iron deficiencies impair the cognitive development of children – holding them back in school and limiting their potential as adults. Diarrhoeal disease remains one of the leading preventable causes of death of children under five.
While there have been some gains in reducing child deaths from preventable causes and giving children and families a better chance at life, more must be done.
MI is leading the charge to increase efforts to combat hidden hunger across the continent and save and improve lives.
There is renewed commitment, and gains are being made. The African Union and the African Ministers of Agriculture have acknowledged that food fortification is a critical strategy for reducing hidden hunger. Salt iodization efforts, in such countries as Senegal, Ethiopia, and others, are driving awareness for the importance and need for universal salt iodization in Africa.
More and more child survival programs are happening thanks to increased funding and delivery opportunities, and there is a stronger focus on integrating activities, particularly vitamin A supplementation.
MI is part of the solution. Together we are making a difference.
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