Hunger and Health explores the multiple relationships between hunger and poor health, and how they affect the growth of individuals, physiologically and psychologically, constraining the development of nations both socially and economically. Examining the profound effect that hunger has on health, including disease prevention and treatment, it gives special attention to access to quality food and healthcare, in particular for the marginalized and poor. It also identifies critical junctures in the human life cycle when the benefits of reducing hunger and improving poor health have a profound impact. It demonstrates how aligning of hunger and health interventions can offer proven solutions that reach those most in need, and contains compelling evidence which confirms that hunger and poor health are solvable problems today. It encourages those involved in policy, programming and advocacy to take action to address some of the most urgent hunger and health problems. Essential reading for anyone concerned about eliminating hunger.
Published with the UN World Food Programme.
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) was set up over 40 years ago to provide emergency food aid, to stop hunger and thus help break the cycle of poverty. In 2006, WFP food aid reached 90 million people in 78 countries.
Foreword * Overview * Part I: The Global Hunger and Health Situation * Hunger, Health and Well-being * Who are the Most Vulnerable? * Tracking the Hunger and Health MDGs * Accelerating Progress: Making the Right Choices * Part II: Undernutrition and Disease: Impacts Throughout the Life Cycle * Undernutrition and Disease: a Close Relationship * A Closer Look at Undernutrition and Disease * Emerging Threats * Part III: National Development: Commitment and Political Choice * Hunger Impacts on Human Development * Effective Solutions * Making the Right Political Choices * Part IV: The Way Forward: Towards a World Without Hunger * The Way Forward: Ten Key Actions * Part V: Resource Compendium * Part VI: Annexes * Index