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Abbott, Real Madrid Team Up To Support Health, Nutrition Of Children Globally

According to the official statement, the partnership will encompass education, sports and social welfare activities in support of at-risk children in 80 countries, as well as nutritional support for the first men's and women's and Academy teams and new product innovation and development.

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Abbott, on Wednesday, said that it has entered into a three-year agreement to be the Health Sciences and Nutrition Partner of the Real Madrid Football Club and Global Partner of the Real Madrid Foundation—an organization founded by the club to promote the values inherent in sport to children globally.

According to the official statement, the partnership will encompass education, sports and social welfare activities in support of at-risk children in 80 countries, as well as nutritional support for the first men's and women's and Academy teams and new product innovation and development. 

Swati Dalal, General Manager, Abbott’s nutrition business, India, said, "Malnutrition remains a concern amongst Indian children, more so since its consequent health effects often plague them lifelong. Abbott and the Real Madrid Foundation share the same goal which is to nourish children around the world as we move towards a better, healthier future. Football is a universally loved sport which encourages healthy lifestyle habits and with this collaboration, we hope to secure wider reach and create long-lasting impact in the lives of children through our collective efforts and resources." 

Working with local partners, the Real Madrid Foundation identifies and brings together local children in key at-risk areas—usually in remote, rural communities. The schools cover many different activities, ranging from healthy snacks and dental hygiene, to after-school programs that involve health education and sports training. Each program includes a local social or environmental activity, such as healthcare facility visits. The children are screened for key health indicators at the beginning of each program and supported nutritionally throughout. 

Emilio Butragueño, Director of Institutional Relations for Real Madrid, said, "Through the work of the Real Madrid Foundation, we’re not looking to develop the next footballer, we're looking to grow the next engineer, scientist or lawyer. By teaming up with Abbott, a global leader and expert in nutrition, we can support children around the world in living healthier overall." 

A Focus on Malnutrition 

Malnutrition affects 1 in 3 people of all ages, all geographies, and all socioeconomic classes. More than half of all children affected by wasting globally live in Southern Asia, 1 and stunting or chronic malnutrition (low height with respect to age) has increased in 11 of 17 states in India.2 The proportion of severely wasted children has increased in 13 of 17 states while the proportion of children who are underweight (low weight with respect to age) has increased in 11 of 17 states. 

This work will contribute to Abbott's 2030 Sustainability Plan ambition to transform care for malnutrition, chronic disease, and infectious diseases, with a goal to improve the lives of more than 3 billion people by decade's end. 

aThe partnership will run through the end of the 2023-2024 soccer season and will encompass working with Real Madrid Foundation Social Sports Schools in twelve countries to provide malnutrition screening, education, and nutrition support, while also supporting nutritional needs for the Real Madrid Foundation clinics, which take place in 42 countries. 


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