Malnutrition is a leading cause of death for children under age five.
Children who are chronically undernourished, or who are severely malnourished for a prolonged period, frequently suffer permanent cognitive impairment and stunted physical growth. Malnourishment, even in its less severe forms, increases children’s risk of contracting such illnesses as diarrhea, measles, malaria, and pneumonia. Malnourished children are much more likely than well-nourished children to become seriously ill or die as a result of a disease or infection.
The IZUMI Foundation supports innovative efforts to treat malnutrition at the community level. Very often, the most effective improvements rely on straightforward interventions, the creative use of available resources, and a keen eye for the realities of family and community life.