Zinc & Other Micronutrients

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In poor communities around the world, malnutrition and diarrhea often create a vicious cycle.  A malnourished child is more susceptible to diarrhea and, when an infection strikes, it can quickly become severe and sap essential nutrients. When it doesn’t kill, this cycle causes stunting and cognitive impairment, and can even delay important educational milestones.1

Diarrheal disease today is the second leading cause of child death, and malnutrition is an underlying cause of more than a third of child deaths from diarrhea and other childhood illnesses.

Learn more about prevention and treatment of diarrheal disease.


1The Lancet's Series on Maternal and Child Undernutrition.