Strategic Action Plan to reduce the double burden of malnutrition in the South-East Asia Region 2016–2025
As the WHO South-East Asia Region enters the era of the Sustainable Development Goals with remarkable social and economic development in all Member States, the nutrition status of the population, however, has not kept pace with development in other sectors. Large segments of the population continue to suffer from malnutrition. An ongoing transition is reshaping the nutrition profile across all countries where undernutrition predominated previously. While undernutrition rates, including micronutrient malnutrition, are declining, albeit slowly, a significant rise in overweight and obesity – the double burden– is seen across many age groups. There is also an associated rapid upsurge in noncommunicable diseases. The key challenge in the Region is to ensure that interventions for undernutrition remain in focus and are scaled up, while addressing overweight and obesity. The Strategic Action Plan to Reduce the Double Burden of Malnutrition in the South-East Asia Region 2016–2025 aims to provide guidance to Member States on comprehensive approaches to prevent malnutrition. This plan will serve Member States as an advocacy and reference tool to ensure that interventions covering all forms of malnutrition are addressed comprehensively in country policies, strategies and actions.