GHF2010 – LS01 – The Global Health Challenge of Malnutrition: Can it Be Defeated?

Session Outline

Lunch session LS01, Monday, April 19 2010, 12:30-14:00, Room 2
Chair(s): Noel Solomons, Scientific Director, Center for Studies of Sensory Impairment, Aging, and Metabolism ( CeSSIAM), Guatemala
Summary: Undernutrition is widespread throughout the world, particularly in the developing world and especially among children. It leads to increased mortality and morbidity, which in turn lead to decreased productivity and quality of life due to intractable physical and mental impairment. Eradicating hunger is the first Millennium Development Goal and a key factor underpinning achievement of other MDGs -- notably in education, child mortality, improved maternal health, and combating HIV/AIDS and malaria, as well as many other diseases. Micronutrient supplementation and fortification have been identified as the top interventions that could advance global welfare. These interventions are estimated to provide tremendously high benefits compared to costs. Public health interventions which address problems of undernutrition have demonstrated success. This symposium aims to outline the global challenge of micronutrient malnutrition, and show how successful resolution is a crucial step toward achieving health for all.
Micronutrient Malnutrition in the World: Impact on Human Health and Quality of Life
Bruno de Benoist, retired head of the Micronutrient Unit, World Health Organization, Switzerland
Micronutrients and the Millennium Goals: New Paradigms and Vexing Paradoxes
Noel Solomon, Scientific Director, Center for Studies of Sensory Impairment, Aging, and Metabolism ( CeSSIAM), Guatemala
Fighting Malnutrition: Private Sector Contribution
Ferdinand Haschke, Chairman of Nestlé Nutrition Institute, Switzerland

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