75% of children have anemia
- Affects over 2 billion (about 25%) people worldwide, with children and pregnant women being the hardest hit.
- In Karnataka, about 88% of pregnant women and 75% of children currently live with some form of anemia. This is thought to contribute to a 40% of maternal deaths per year and 30% of babies to be born with low birth weights. The children that do survive go on to face complications throughout life such as impaired growth and development and chronic weakness.