820M

People worldwide are hungry or undernourished

2B

People have insufficient iodine intake

25%

Of the world population is anaemic

The Need

Malnutrition results in millions of lost lives, lost productivity and increased health burdens that last lifetimes.

A well-nourished, healthy and educated population is the foundational prerequisite for growth and economic development.

Healthy and productive people have more income, pay more taxes and build a country’s capacity to contribute its own resources towards essential services, such as quality education and improved healthcare.

Almost all countries face a serious burden of either two or three forms of malnutrition, including:

  • Undernutrition
  • Vitamin or mineral deficiencies
  • Overweight and obesity, and diet-related noncommunicable diseases

The World Bank estimates that all forms of malnutrition cost the global economy $3.5 trillion per year.

Anaemia

Anaemia is a global public health problem that affects all population groups.

WHO estimates that around the world, anaemia affects:

  • 33% of women and adolescent girls
  • 25% of the world population

Anaemia results in ill-health and negatively impacts economic and social development.

Iodine deficiency

With two billion people at risk globally, iodine deficiency is a similarly widespread problem.

Iodine deficiency can have far-reaching effects on both maternal health during pregnancy and result in babies born with neural tube defects and impaired cognitive development during early childhood.

Iodine deficiency also has adverse effects for adult women and men, including low energy levels and decreased capacity for work.