Nutritional Status of Women and Children

In the past few years, new evidence has shown that investments in nutrition encourage healthy growth of children, nations, and economies. Optimal nutrition from the start of a woman’s pregnancy to her child’s second birthday 1,000 days later, provides an optimal opportunity to influence cognitive development and growth and improve chances for a successful future. Furthermore, through the global Scaling Up Nutrition movement, support for a twin-track approach has grown: (1) to continue scaling up of proven nutrition-specific interventions, and (2) to ensure that nutrition-sensitive interventions have the maximum impact on nutrition outcomes.

This report provides a descriptive analysis of the status of women and children in the context of nutrition, breastfeeding, complementary feeding, anemia, dietary diversity, and micronutrient supplementation. The report also provides information on the nutritional status of women and children, with data disaggregated by selected WASH indicators.

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