Malnutrition continues to be a major public health challenge especially in South Asian developing countries. According to World Health Organization, malnutrition is considered an underlying cause of about 60% deaths among children under the age of five years in resource constrained countries. Malnutrition is considered to be the leading cause of stunting, wasting and underweight with drastic economic consequences among vulnerable populations. Asia is the house of around 70.0% of the world's malnourished children and represents relatively greater portion of the total number of stunted children and India alone accommodates ~ 61 million stunted children. India, Pakistan and Bangladesh represent the highest child malnutrition in the world that hampers their economic growth by disconcerting a considerable number of people in the region. Most common micronutrient deficiencies identified in South Asian region distressing preschool-age and school children, adolescents and pregnant mothers are of vitamins A and D, iron, iodine and zinc. Modulating malnutrition issue seems to be extremely demanding especially in South Asian regions, a home to half of the world’s poor, tallying 1.4 billion heads. Feeding so many people with nutritionally balanced food is a serious concern that requires rigorous and sagacious approach to address the issue.
Two days international conference on malnutrition primarily aims at spotlighting the magnitude of the prevalence of malnutrition and its dynamics in South Asian region. The knowledgeable experts in the realm of health and nutritional sciences, gathered at one place, will discuss the potential economic and health consequences of malnutrition that hamper national growth and well-being of the vulnerable population groups and will also suggest the possible approaches that would help mitigate this public health issue in this region.