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Investing in Child Nutrition in Asia

dc.contributor.authorJohn Mason
dc.contributor.authorJoseph Hunt
dc.contributor.authorDavid Parker
dc.contributor.authorUrban Jonsson
dc.description.abstractChild malnutrition is pervasive and persistent in Asia, and at present rates it will take decades to halve the prevalence—a goal common to many national plans. Nutrition-oriented programs are familiar in most countries, but have far too low coverage and resources, which is wasteful as well as ineffective. A massive expansion of community-based programs is feasible, with well-established activities (usually including support to: antenatal care, breastfeeding, caring practices including complementary feeding, growth monitoring, access to health care). Networks of local workers, ensuring individual contact with families, are the essential feature. Requirements including costs are proposed. Micronutrient deficiency control programs must also be expanded towards universal coverage. Context is crucial to success, important examples being women’s status, social exclusion, political commitment, community organizations, and literacy; policies should be directed to improving these. Assessing and building local capacity, and resolving certain generic issues, are early priorities.
dc.publisherAsian Development Bank
dc.titleInvesting in Child Nutrition in Asia
dc.subject.expertReproductive Health
dc.subject.expertNutrition and Health Care
dc.subject.expertMaternal and Child Health
dc.subject.expertFamily Health
dc.subject.expertPrenatal Care
dc.subject.expertNutrition Programs
dc.subject.expertChild Nutrition
dc.subject.expertState and nutrition
dc.subject.expertFood policy
dc.subject.expertNutrition policy
dc.subject.expertHealth Aspects Of Poverty
dc.subject.adbPrenatal Care
dc.subject.adbNutrition Programs
dc.subject.adbChild Nutrition
dc.subject.adbChild Development
dc.subject.adbSocial Conditions
dc.subject.adbSocially Disadvantaged Children
dc.subject.naturalNutrition and state
dc.subject.naturalFood policy
dc.subject.naturalNutrition policy
dc.subject.naturalCost and standard of living
dc.subject.naturalEconomic conditions
dc.title.seriesAsian Development Review
dc.contributor.imprintAsian Development Bank
oar.adminregionEast Asia Region
oar.countryPeople's Republic of China
oar.authorMason, John
oar.authorHunt, Joseph
oar.authorParker, David
oar.authorJonsson, Urban

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    The Asian Development Review (ADR) is a professional journal for disseminating the results of economic and development research relevant to Asia and the Pacific. Since 1983, the ADR has been an important part of the history of the Asian Development Bank and its mission to reduce poverty across Asia and the Pacific.

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