Show Malnutrition Your Green Tongue!

Selina Haeny

Abstract


Malnutrition is the most severe health problem the world faces. It needs to be addressed as early as possible within a person’s life. Spirulina is loaded with the necessary nutrients for a healthy growth path, and common diets in the realm of the base of the pyramid are lacking. Spirulina can bring a child under 5 years of age out of moderate malnutrition and enables a mother to give birth to a healthy child mainly due to its high content in protein, Vitamin A and iron. Yet these premises, positive experiences and case studies, official accreditation to use spirulina as a tool to combat malnutrition and clinical studies are still lacking and complicating the dissemination of spirulina on a large scale. Awareness and market creation are further means to push the large-scale dissemination, but these are still in its infant shoes. In line with the one health approach, the stakeholders in the realm of combating malnutrition can only overcome the nutrient deficiencies and enable the poor to live a healthy and prosperous life, by joining hands and forces.

Keywords


Developing Countries; Hunger; Malnutrition; Base of the Pyramid; Spirulina

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