Good nutrition is within reach
Nutrition affects a lifetime of well-being. Children who don’t get enough nutritious food during the first 1,000 days of life—from conception to age two—can become stunted. As a result, they are more likely to struggle in school, earn lower wages, and die early. Acute and chronic undernutrition contribute to the deaths of some 3 million children each year.
Yet in contrast to many other health-related issues, malnutrition is completely preventable. That’s why PATH develops and promotes inexpensive and innovative health interventions aimed at making sure mothers-to-be, babies, and children get the nutrients they need. We bring decades of experience to this work, partnering across sectors and countries to improve the effectiveness and reach of nutrition programs.
Best for babies
Breast milk provides all the energy and nutrients that infants need for the first months of life, even when mothers are HIV positive. To support these women, PATH pioneered the concept of an “infant feeding buddy,” chosen by the mother to be her ally in overcoming challenges and stigma. For orphans or infants whose mothers are unable to breastfeed, our mobile-phone app ensures that donated breast milk is safely pasteurized and affordable in low-resource settings.
Micronutrients to macro policies
PATH has played a catalytic role in improving the nutritional value of rice, the staple food of nearly half the world’s population, through our Ultra Rice® technology and our work to expand access to fortified rice by partnering with both public and private sectors. We’re also making sure women get adequate iron to prevent anemia—a leading cause of maternal deaths.
To achieve sustainable impact, we help countries bolster their health systems and nutrition policies. We work with more than 30 countries to integrate nutrition into every phase of health care—from prenatal to infant to adult—as well as into other areas, such as poverty alleviation, agriculture, and education.
Ultimately, nutrition is in the hands of those who prepare food and eat it. To give people the knowledge they need to improve their own health, we use creative methods—such as videos produced by local communities—to teach families about proper nutrition.
Innovating for both over- and undernutrition
As the world faces yet another nutrition epidemic—obesity—we need more innovations to help people get the right food, with the right nutrients, and ensure that their bodies are equipped to absorb what they eat. PATH is pursuing new breakthroughs to improve people’s diets at an affordable price and in an environmentally sustainable way.Just like fortified foods, these innovations could change the lives of millions of people, setting them up for healthier and more fulfilling futures.
Photo: PATH/Carib Nelson.
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