In Bangladesh, undernutrition is estimated to be the underlying cause of about 60% of childhood deaths
ICDDR,B research fellow Dr Mohd Anisul Karim spoke at this year’s TEDxDhaka. He spoke for 15 minutes on ‘The butterfly effect of small changes: lessons from Bangladesh and beyond’ in which Transform Nutrition research and the importance of education in making good choices around healthcare and nutrition were highlighted. He said of the experience “it was an absolute pleasure, with truly riveting and inspiring speakers from not just Bangladesh, but around the globe.” Youtube video of the talk available here.
South Asia has long been synonymous with persistent and unusually high rates of child undernutrition—the so-called Asian enigma. Yet contrary to this stereotype, Bangladesh has managed to sustain a rapid reduction in the rate of child undernutrition for at least two decades. In a new discussion paper funded by LANSA and Transform Nutrition The Other Asian Enigma: Explaining the rapid reduction of malnutrition in Bangladesh we aim to understand this success.
Nick Nisbett, Nutrition fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, assesses the size of the task.