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Malnutrition underlies a large percentage of the global burden of disease. Every year, millions of women and children die or suffer from physical or cognitive impairment due to lack of nutrition, or the right kind of nutrients. In many developing countries, the health of women and children is highly influenced by economic and social factors, as well as health care service access. Pregnant women and children under five years old are particularly vulnerable to developing malnutrition-related health problems. Women who are malnourished are more likely to have malnourished children. Optimal maternal nutrition can determine the survival, survival and general well-being of both the mother and the child. Maternal nutrition before, during pregnancy and during breastfeeding significantly impact the child. Maternal mortality is not the only issue.  More than 40% of pregnancies in developing countries result in illness, complications or permanent disabilities for the mother or child. 

Moreover, severely malnourished children are at high risk of experiencing slow intellectual and and behavioral development, which can cause impairments in mental functions. Therefore, receiving proper nutrition at a young age is crucial. 

N utrition products are critical to mother and child health. Technologies to measure the extent of malnutrition, such as MUAC tape, as well as simple interventions to alleviate stunting and wasting will be part of the Maternova portfolio.  See our collection of nutrition products for mother and child. 

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