In Ecuador, 16% of children are born with low birth weight
Children born with low weight face a greater danger of death during their first months of life; their growth and development are more likely to be impaired.
The infant mortality rate in Ecuador is 21 per 1000 live births
Marginalized populations also face poor access to basic health and social services. In Ecuador, only 75 % of births are attended by skilled health personnel
As a result, for every 100,000 live births, 210 women die in Ecuador. Contributing factors to maternal mortality are of both iron deficiency anaemia, lack of prenatal care, and inadequate birth care
Household diets consist mostly of carbohydrates, oils, fats and sugar which are consumed almost every day of the week. The consumption of vegetables and protein-rich food consumption is rare
In particular, Colombian refugees, Indigenous and Afro-Ecuadorian populations are concentrated in the poorest quintiles and suffer disproportionately from chronic malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies, in particular anaemia
Chronic malnutrition rates hover around 26 percent of children under five