Overview of Hidden Hunger in Asia

The burden of under nutrition in Asia is pervasive and far-reaching.

Though commitment and action the global and country levels have gained momentum to improve nutrition, there is still much work to be done, particularly for women and children:

  • India has one of the highest prevalence rates of anaemia in pregnant women, at about 59%, as against the global rate of 42%.
  • Pakistan, Nepal, India, and Indonesia are still reporting some of the highest prevalence rates of birth defects at 60 or more per 1000 live births./a>
  • In India, more children under the age of five die from diarrhoea and pneumonia than anywhere else in the world.

The challenges in Asia are daunting, but Nutrition International, formerly the Micronutrient Initiative, is making gains.

Working in collaboration with governments, partners, businesses and NGOs, we are delivering interventions and developing, implementing, monitoring and measuring programs tailored to meet the unique needs of nations and individual communities to help them overcome the hidden hunger of poor nutrition.

We are making progress in reducing malnutrition through:

  • supplementation and fortification programs;
  • developing national policies, programs and monitoring structures;
  • continually innovating approaches to respond to needs, learnings and scientific breakthroughs;
  • providing ongoing education to break the cycle of undernutrition, including targeting pregnant women and their newborns with the aim of a new generation of children free from malnutrition.

We make a difference, because nutrition is the difference. At Nutrition International, when we nourish people, we nourish life.

Learn more about our country offices and the work we do:

The Micronutrient Initiative has become Nutrition International in Canada as of April 4, 2017. This change is being implemented globally over the coming months.
Afghanistan and Nepal

Nutrition International is an organization committed to impact. Our investments in countries, both technical and monetary, must be applied to ensure the greatest good for the greatest number of people. After more than 15 years, we are closing our offices in both Afghanistan and Nepal. With exceptional commitment and the highest caliber of effort, our teams in Afghanistan and Nepal made a difference in the lives of some of the most vulnerable populations. We are proud of our colleagues in both of these countries, in the partnerships established and the changes made to create significant impact over the many years of operation. Read some of our highlights from the work in these two countries, where we supported efforts to improve nutrition and build local and national capacity to reach those who need it the most.