People all over the globe are suffering due to civil unrest, natural disasters, generational poverty, and widespread malnutrition.
Unfortunately, in each of these scenarios, those who are most heavily impacted are women and children.
Pregnant women in particular are at risk. Roughly 220 million pregnancies occur each year in Low and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs), 21 million of which occur in adolescents, girls aged 15 to 19. In these areas of the world, pregnant mothers face many barriers to having what the WHO refers to as a “healthy pregnancy experience,” including access to affordable, well-balanced meals and access to antenatal care.
Malnutrition during pregnancy often results in low birth weight of the infant and poor maternal health postpartum and has additional negative impacts on infant and childhood survival rates and long-term health outcomes for both the mother and her baby.
According to the WHO’s Dr. Francesco Branca, “Malnutrition is the main cause of death and disease in the world.” For those who struggle to find enough food – much less adequate nutrition – the goal is simply to survive.