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The Challenge

Addressing Malnutrition

Every country in the world suffers from one or more forms of malnutrition. Globally, 144 million children under five are affected by chronic malnutrition (stunting or low height-for-age), 47 million suffer from acute malnutrition (wasting or low weight-for-height) and 38 million are overweight.​ Malnutrition is an underlying cause of death for 2.6 million children each year.

Billions of people each year also suffer from a chronic lack of essential vitamins and minerals in the diet, also known as hidden hunger, and is a widespread problem in low- and middle-income countries.

How Solving this Helps to Change Lives

Deficiencies in one or more micronutrients such as iron, zinc, and vitamin A compromise the physical and cognitive capacity of millions of people and perpetuate poverty, poor health, and underdevelopment. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 42 percent of children less than 5 years of age and 40 percent of pregnant women worldwide are anemic. Pregnant women with severe anemia are twice as likely to die during or shortly after pregnancy than non-anemic women, and for their children, micronutrient deficiencies in utero can lead to low birth weight and brain and spinal defects.

At Sight and Life, we believe the international nutrition community must aim much higher than  preventing mortality and disability due to malnutrition. We are doing our part to ensure that women and children not only survive, but also thrive!

Imagine a girl, born to a mother who enjoyed a diverse diet, rich in nutrients and savory flavors from the recipes she learned as a child. Energized and at the peak of her developmental potential, the girl excels in school. Her curiosity and drive extend into adulthood, and she is inspired to make a diverse diet, such as the one she enjoyed, more available to her whole community. She sets up her own small business in sustainable, ethical poultry production. Her business helps make eggs, a nutrient and protein dense food, both more accessible and affordable to the rest of her community. Now imagine, she will have a child of her own, who will reap the benefits of generations of good health, with empowered female entrepreneurs as respected community members, and amongst peers who have also benefitted from better nutrition, encouraging each other in all their pursuits, from school assignments to playground races and sports teams.

This inquisitive, active future, bursting with opportunity, is only possible with adequate nutrition. The true cost of malnutrition impacts far more than those who directly suffer the physical and developmental effects. Women and children bear the brunt of nutrition crises, a burden which has been amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic. The ripple-effect of malnutrition extends much further, resulting in diminished productivity and equity, as well as more wasteful and unstable food systems, incurring significant costs to planet and human health.

How do We Tackle Malnutrition

 

Sight and Life is championing the scale-up of interventions addressing micronutrient deficiencies for at-risk population groups, such as food fortification, multiple micronutrient supplements (MMS) and micronutrient powders (MNPs), to improve maternal and children’s nutrition and share insights on existing and future interventions to ensure vulnerable people have access to nutritious food.  

We stimulate and foster an entrepreneurial spirit. Our team works by leveraging the best of both worlds, using the expertise, agility and reach of both public and private sectors to research, develop and foster the scale-up of strategic, cost-effective nutrition solutions. 

Our sustainable, science-based interventions lift up the most vulnerable, particularly women and children, with demonstrated health, social and economic benefits. We apply global and national expertise in research development, technical implementation and scale up of a breadth of nutrition solutions.

From food fortification to business models for increased egg production and consumption, to academic partnerships and social-marketing course content creation to support a new generation of nutrition-savvy problem solvers, Sight and Life demonstrates a holistic approach to solving malnutrition by putting women and children at the center of all our work.

For all devoted to nutrition.

Discover the science behind nutrition and our latest initiatives for a promising tomorrow.​

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