GENEVA, November 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Despite substantial progress, rates of child malnutrition in Bangladesh are among the highest in the world. More than 36 percent of preschool-age children are stunted, 46 percent are underweight and 16 percent are wasted. Bangladeshi children also suffer from high rates of micronutrient deficiencies, particularly vitamin A, iron, iodine and zinc. 21.7 percent of preschool age children are vitamin A deficient, 47 percent are anemic.

The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) fights malnutrition by building public-private partnerships to get healthier foods and supplements to those people most at risk. GAIN provides technical and financial support to national partnerships to fortify staple foods and condiments. Improving nutrition is crucial to survival as well as physical and cognitive development and productivity.

Join the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition and its partners from the business community, NGOs and international organizations to find solutions to improve the future of Bangladeshi children. During these panel discussions we will showcase how school feeding programs can be a step towards achieving nutrition security and how the business community can engage in the fight against malnutrition.

Speakers include:

- M. A Rouf Chowdhury, Chairman, MARC Group - Dr Tahmeed Ahmed, Head Nutrition Program, Clinical Division ICDDR, B - John Aylieff, Bangladesh Country Director, World Food Program - Perveen Rasheed, Managing Director, Social Marketing Company (SMC) - Leena Joseph, Head, Midday Meal Program, Naandi Foundation, India - Paulus M. Verschuren, Chair, GAIN Business Alliance; Director, Global Health Partnerships, Unilever What: Nutrition Security for Children in Bangladesh When: 24 November 2009 Where: Radisson Water Garden Hotel. Dhaka, Bangladesh

Contact: Ruchika Sachdeva, Senior Associate, Partnership and Communications Phone: +91-11-3044-6757 E-Mail: /

SOURCE: GAIN - Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition

CONTACT: Contact: Ruchika Sachdeva, Senior Associate, Partnership andCommunications, Phone: +91-11-3044-6757,