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Malnutrition

One billion people, or a seventh of the world’s population, are hungry. When they are not nourished, their hunger will become chronic and severe. When children from the ages of 6 to 59 months become severely hungry, they are nine times as likely to die as a healthy child and are said to suffer from severe acute malnutrition (SAM) The first 1,000 days of a child’s life are crucial and can determine that child’s full growth prospects due to significant development of the brain and immune system during that time. If a child does not receive the necessary proteins and vitamins during this period, their systems will never fully develop and he or she will be destined to a life of handicap and/or disease.

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We look forward to some savvy thinking from our global OpenIDEO community to help offset this. Posts you and others here might be keen to join conversations on: https://openideo.com/challenge/zero-to-five/research/sack-gardening-micro-farms-provide-nutrition-in-kenyan-slums and https://openideo.com/challenge/zero-to-five/research/local-food-security-empowers-growth and https://openideo.com/challenge/zero-to-five/research/akshaya-patra-successful-school-feeding-in-india

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awesome! thanks so much Meena!