The Extension of the 2025 Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition Targets to 2030
With sustained global commitment, progress on childhood stunting, overweight, wasting, exclusive breastfeeding, low birth weight, and anaemia in women of reproductive age needs to continue towards the goal to “end all forms of malnutrition.” These six nutrition targets endorsed by the WHA for 2025 encompass many, although admittedly not all, of the main nutrition issues throughout the life cycle. The formulation of the nutrition targets for 2030 can build on those, considering new available information since their endorsement by Member States in 2012. In the present paper, the proposed extension of the targets to 2030 for stunting is based on the projection of the required progress rate between 2012 and 2025 extended five more years. For anaemia and low birth weight, a re-analysis of trends called for keeping the same target as proposed for 2025. For exclusive breastfeeding, increased ambition beyond the rate of progress between 2012 and 2025 was proposed and for wasting and overweight, the goal of elimination to a level of no concern (prevalence less than 3%) is considered feasible.