Improving Health and Building Prosperity
A Porrtfolio of Interventions to Reduce the Human and Economic Burden of Malnutrition in Women and Children of Georgia
Reduction on of malnutrition on can generate human and social capital to fuel national economic development. Extensive evidence demonstrates that nutritional deficits in pregnant women and young children have consequences not only for health and survival but also for physical and intellectual growth, school performance and ultimately productivity and economic growth. A review of 8 basic indicators of nutrition status included in the Health Care Statistical Yearbook (2010-11) and the Georgia National Nutrition Survey (2009), suggests half a million Georgians, mainly women and children, suffer some form of malnutrition – and will not achieve their full potential as students, workers, citizens and parents.
This analysis applies global evidence of heightened mortality or morbidity risks as well as mental development and physical performance deficits associated with specific indicators of malnutrition to Georgia’s national health, demographic and economic environment. The resulting Damage Assessment Report (DAR) roughly describes the magnitude of the national burden of malnutrition.