Improving Access to Better Nutrition
In 2015, CMMB supported 13,851 individuals worldwide with nutrition activities to promote health, prevent disease, and prolong healthier lives.
The effects of nutritional deficiencies and malnutrition can be devastating for both children and adults.
- About 45% of all child deaths are linked to malnutrition [WHO 2015]
- Anemia caused by iron deficiency is the most common nutritional disorder affecting 1 in 3 people worldwide [Source: WHO]
- Anemia contributes to 20% of all maternal deaths
Our global nutrition programs include both preventive and recuperative strategies within households and at health facilities to improve the nutritional status of pregnant women and children. Our efforts are successful because they combine both international and local experience.
We focus on promoting essential nutrition actions including:
- optimal breastfeeding during the first six months
- complementary feeding starting at 6 months with continued breastfeeding to 2 years of age and beyond
- nutritional care for sick and severely malnourished children
- prevention of vitamin A deficiency
- adequate intake of iron and folic acid for the prevention and control of anemia
[Source: CORE Group. Nutrition Working Group. Nutrition Program Design Assistant: A Tool for Program Planners, Washington, DC: 2010.]
In each community, health agents and technical teams collaborate to develop strategies to improve eating habits and nutritive intake, which reduces the risk of maternal and child malnutrition and anemia. Home visits, Mothers’ Clubs, and/or mentor mothers encourage the adoption of recommended behaviors by educating women and reinforcing the importance and benefits to them and their children.
The First 1,000 Days Program in Peru
Pregnant women and children under age five are particularly vulnerable to malnutrition, which contributes to poor outcomes for mother and child. Within our CHAMPS Peru initiative, the First 1,000 Days program supports two especially vulnerable groups:
- Babies from birth to age two
- Pregnant women
In Peru, anemia in children under five is widespread, impacting intellectual and cognitive development. In 2015, programs in Peru reached 1,083 children and their families. 100% of participating families were supported with nutritional supplementation for pregnant women as well as intervention and treatment for underweight and malnourished children.
Successful nutrition interventions can break the chain of low birth weight, malnutrition, and poverty. Among children participating in the program, the incidence of anemia was reduced by 37%, significantly higher than the national recovery rate of 15%. Among pregnant women, 90% of those enrolled in CHAMPS Peru were fully recovered from anemia before their due date.