While some people are obese, others are wasted or stunted. This ‘double burden of malnutrition’ affects every country across the globe.
Malnutrition plays a detrimental role in other conditions including maternal ill-health and mortality; diabetes; heart disease; cancer; and diminished intellectual development.
It causes nearly half of all deaths in children under five years old.
IMPACT tackles malnutrition at the household level, providing information about healthy diets and helping people grow vegetables.
This saves money and fills hungry children. Selling surplus generates income to buy meat or dairy, invest in schoolbooks, or start small businesses. All are stepping-stones to improved lives.
Where a child or pregnant woman is at immediate risk, micronutrient supplements and anti-parasitic drugs are essential.
IMPACT distributes them during maternity clinics and provides vitamin A to protect children’s eyesight.
Vitamin A deficiency remains the leading cause of preventable childhood blindness and increases the risk of death from serious infections.
In the UK, IMPACT’s Tasty Team programme promotes healthy eating in Sussex. Our volunteers work in schools, children and family centres, and with young parents to share knowledge about healthy nutrition and teach cooking, food safety and budgeting skills. You can read more about this work here.