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Hunger Hotspots

Child malnutrition is the result of multiple factors including a lack of protein, vitamins, minerals and/or calories. In the countries highlighted here, one-third or more children are underweight, they weigh less than they should due to malnutrition and associated causes such as disease.

Adequate amounts of calories and protein are crucial for children to develop fully. Sufficient amounts of micronutrients – vitamin A, iodine and zinc –are also essential to ensure that children reach their full potential.

Zinc is critical for a healthy immune system, providing protection against and recovery from diseases. Salt is commonly fortified with iodine, a nutrient that plays a key role in brain development especially for the developing fetus. Vitamin A deficiency causes blindness and weakens the immune system, making children more susceptible to infectious disease.

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