What works? Interventions for maternal and child undernutrition and survival

In this paper, the authors summarise the evidence about interventions with proven effectiveness in addressing undernutrition. These actions span interventions directed at mothers, babies, and young children, and include direct nutrition interventions (eg, provision of micronutrients) as well as indirect interventions such as behaviour change interventions directed at feeding practices and accompanied by supportive measures such as conditional cash transfers. Together these interventions could reduce the burden of undernutrition in young children by about 25 per cent in the 36 countries with the highest burden of undernutrition if implemented universally. The key messages outlined above are some of the findings presented in this paper.

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