Stronger nutrition could save 3.7 million lives by 2025

5 September, 2019

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Health services must integrate a stronger focus on ensuring optimum nutrition at each stage of a person’s life, according to Essential Nutrition Actions: mainstreaming nutrition through the life course - a new report released by WHO. This new report outlines nutrition actions to improve health.

These include providing iron and folic acid supplements as part of antenatal care and providing advice on healthy diet. It is estimated that the right investment in nutrition could save 3.7 million lives by 2025.

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How data helps us save lives

Every single data point represents a human being. Every case of a disease recorded is a person who became sick, who wondered if they could be treated, whose family worried about them. Every death, young or old, is a person lost.

Every year, WHO publishes the World Health Statistics [] to show trends and progress in public health. The new Spotlight looks at some of the key findings, including top 10 causes of death and differences in health outcomes for men and women.

World Health Statistics Spotlight


HIFA profile: Isabelle Wachsmuth-Huguet, MSc, MPH has been working for World Health Organization (WHO) since 2003 and has 20 years of expertise on international network promoting and implementing knowledge management solutions in both high and low income countries. She is currently Project manager, Health Systems and Innovation Cluster, Service Delivery & Safety (SDS), Emerging Issues, Quality Universal Health Coverage (QUHC), at WHO Geneva. She is also the coordinator and lead moderator of the WHO Global Francophone Forum - Health Information For All (HIFA-Fr: She is a member of the HIFA working group on Multilingualism.

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