Improving maternal and child health through better nutrition

25 May 2011

WHO wants to tackle issues such as child under-nutrition, low birth weight, growing instances of child obesity, maternal under-nutrition and obesity and the consequences of vitamin and mineral deficiencies for mothers and children.

According to 2010 statistics, over 100 million children under the age of five were underweight and 43 million children overweight or obese. WHO's research shows that malnutrition impairs development.

Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General,  believes that improving women's and children's health is key to progress: ""Healthy women give birth to healthy children who can grow up to contribute to their healthy country. They are also the best guarantee of healthy, educated and prosperous families."

Read more about women, children and MDGs.

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