Attacking the Double Burden of Malnutrition in Asia and the Pacific

Publication | December 2001

The concentration of malnutrition in Asia is greater than anywhere else on Earth. Seventy percent of the world's malnourished children reside in the region.

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Malnutrition's causes and solutions at each stage of the human life cycle are discussed in a regional study on Nutrition Trends, Policies and Strategies and synthesized in this publication. The study aims to create a better understanding of ways to improve life span, quality of life, early cognition and life-long learning, and earning capacity of individuals and nations.

This publication

  • covers under- and over-nutrition and micronutrient deficiencies in the Asian and Pacific region where most of the world's malnourished live
  • quantifies the cost of malnutrition and the cost effectiveness and rates of return on nutrition investments
  • defines a partnership of communities, governments, and the private sector to prevent malnutrition and promote health and productivity
  • analyzes management and institutional support for nutrition, including capacity needs
  • proposes a financing strategy for raising investment
  • presents a typology of ADB developing member countries to match capacity to need

Several statements in this ADB publication were closely based on a prepublication draft commissioned by the World Bank, entitled Improving Nutrition: Issues in Management and Capacity Development by Richard Heaver. Although the World Bank draft was not available to ADB during the final editing of its publication, ADB regrets this oversight and extends an apology to Mr. Heaver and the World Bank. Page numbers where references to the World Bank should be noted are listed in the corrigendum.


  • Introduction
  • Malnutrition in Asia and the Pacific
  • Direct Nutrition Interventions
  • Indirect Actions for Improving Nutrition
  • Contextual Factors and Processes
  • Developing Capacity for Nutrition Action
  • Financing Nutrition Interventions
  • Conclusions and Recommendations
  • References
  • Annexes
  • Glossary

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