- There are few challenges facing the world today that can compare with the scale of malnutrition. It affects one in three people and has been estimated to be the underlying cause of 45% of child deaths. [i]
- Malnutrition can be classified as ‘under nutrition’ and ‘over nutrition.’ It affects all countries of the world and is considered one of the biggest risks to health and wellbeing. [ii]
- At all levels of practice, whether it is front line care, or in policy decision making, nurses all over the world are tackling these issues. There is much to be done, but change is possible, and it must come.
[i] European Parliament. The social and economic consequences of malnutrition in ACP Countries. 2016 November.
[ii] Food & Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations. (2014). Understanding the true cost of malnutrition.