Lancet series on Maternal and Child Nutrition

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Executive summary


Maternal and child undernutrition was the subject of a Series of papers in The Lancet in 2008. Five years after the initial series, we re-evaluate the problems of maternal and child undernutrition and also examine the growing problems of overweight and obesity for women and children, and their consequences in low-income and middle-income countries. Many of these countries are said to have the double burden of malnutrition: continued stunting of growth and deficiencies of essential nutrients along with the emerging issue of obesity. We also assess national progress in nutrition programmes and international efforts toward previous recommendations. Read the entire Executive Summary here.



Nutrition: a quintessential sustainable development goal   Richard Horton, Selina Lo


Maternal and child nutrition: building momentum for impact  Maternal and Child Nutrition Study Group


Delivery platforms for sustained nutrition in Ethiopia   Ferew Lemma, Joan Matji


Only collective action will end undernutrition   Anna Taylor, Alan D Dangour, K Srinath Reddy


Nutrition-sensitive food systems: from rhetoric to action  Per Pinstrup-Andersen


Global child and maternal nutrition—the SUN rises  David Nabarro


Early nutrition and adult outcomes: pieces of the puzzle   Z A Bhutta



Series Papers

Maternal and child undernutrition and overweight in low-income and middle-income countries

Robert E Black, Cesar G Victora, Susan P Walker, Zulfiqar A Bhutta, Parul Christian, Mercedes de Onis, Majid Ezzati, Sally Grantham-McGregor, Joanne Katz, Reynaldo Martorell, Ricardo Uauy, and the Maternal and Child Nutrition Study Group


Evidence-based interventions for improvement of maternal and child nutrition: what can be done and at what cost?

Zulfiqar A Bhutta, Jai K Das, Arjumand Rizvi, Michelle F Gaffey, Neff Walker, Susan Horton, Patrick Webb, Anna Lartey, Robert E Black, The Lancet Nutrition Interventions Review Group, and the Maternal and Child Nutrition Study Group


Nutrition-sensitive interventions and programmes: how can they help to accelerate progress in improving maternal and child nutrition?

Marie T Ruel, Harold Alderman, and the Maternal and Child Nutrition Study Group


The politics of reducing malnutrition: building commitment and accelerating progress

Stuart Gillespie, Lawrence Haddad, Venkatesh Mannar, Purnima Menon, Nicholas Nisbett, and the Maternal and Child Nutrition Study Group