Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
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Proper nutrition improves children’s health and the quality of their lives for years to come. Two billion people in the developing world suffer due to poor nutrition. We’re working to improve diets of people in the developing world and ensure proper nutrition for young children and mothers.

Learn more below and visit the program page for more details about our work in this area.

The path to maximising citizen welfare

Today, the private sector provides ‘public goods’ while the State looks at issues such as law and order

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Looking for Bold New Partners to Join the Fight Against Malnutrition

Despite significant progress in recent decades, malnutrition is still a huge barrier to children’s health and development around the world. The numbers speak for themselves: poor nutrition is an underlying cause of nearly half of child deaths, and leads to stunted development in 155 million children each year.

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Innovation: A New Lens on Child Nutrition

You’ve probably never heard of Environmental Enteric Dysfunction (EED), even though many experts believe that it’s one of the major reasons why hundreds of millions of people in developing countries suffer from cognitive or physical disabilities. The problem is, EED is a mystery: We know very little about what causes it or how to treat it.

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Innovation: Understanding Global Differences in Human Milk Nutrients

Lindsay Allen, the Director of the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center in Davis, California, might know more about vitamin B-12 deficiency than anyone in the world. By now there’s not much in the study of B-12 that surprises her. But Dr. Allen says that when she was researching infant nutrition in Guatemala – and figured out that half of the babies in her study got virtually no vitamin B-12 from their mothers’ milk – the discovery “freaked me out.” She immediately turned her attention studying breast milk. And the Gates Foundation is supporting her as she works to make sure that every child gets the best nutrition possible, right from birth.

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A cost we can’t afford: The human and economic costs of malnutrition and how India can end this scourge

Sue talks about eradicating malnutrition from India, and also discusses the adverse effects of malnutrition on the future of children. India is home to the most number of stunted children, and those who survive such health problems face a different set of difficulties in their adulthood. She also refers to when Bill Gates had stated that if he had a magic wand and could solve any problem, he would solve the problem of malnutrition.

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