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Global Hidden Hunger Indices, Maps Aim To Inform Policy, Advocacy

Writing in a PLOS One article published on June 12, researchers from Australia, India, Switzerland and the U.S. present “indices and maps of global hidden hunger to help prioritize program assistance, and to serve as an evidence-based global advocacy tool,” according to the abstract. “A number of countries in sub-Saharan Africa, as well as India and Afghanistan, had an alarmingly high level of hidden hunger, with stunting, iron deficiency anemia, and vitamin A deficiency all being highly prevalent,” the researchers write in the abstract, adding, “The current indices and maps provide crucial data to optimize the prioritization of program assistance addressing global multiple micronutrient deficiencies. Moreover, the indices and maps serve as a useful advocacy tool in the call for increased commitments to scale up effective nutrition interventions” (6/12).