Malnutrition poses a danger to people at every stage of life: pre-birth, infancy, childhood, adolescence, teenagers, adults, but is most life-threatening to young children and pregnant women. Women who are anemic at the time of giving birth are at a much higher risk of death.
Malnutrition induces a Nutritional Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (N/AIDS), and causes death from infection in much the same way as does HIV/AIDS.
Nutrition Science has taught us about hidden hunger and how to save lives with micronutrients and macronutrients, food supplements, and safely rehabilitate a severely malnourished child.
Progress is being made, but the advances have still not reached many of the most vulnerable women and children.
For example, mass Vitamin A capsule distribution can save a child from nutritional blindness, noma and death. The cost is low, but there has to be a political will to approve and implement programs.