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Improving Child Nutrition: An Investment in the Future

April 26, 2013

Improving Child Nutrition - An Investment in the Future - front coverI wanted to share RESULTS UK‘s latest publication, “Improving Child Nutrition: An Investment in the Future“, which makes the case for an increase in nutrition financing.

Undernutrition is the single largest killer of children globally. It is responsible for 2.6 million preventable child deaths each year. For millions more children, the consequences of undernutrition are lifelong and irreversible. Today, 165 million children are chronically malnourished (stunted), which can cause serious and irreversible physical and mental disabilities. This is likely to impact the cognitive ability, school performance and earning potential. Undernutrition can keep families locked in a cycle of poverty and poor health.

Now is the time to act! We have the evidence. We know what works. Nutrition specific interventions (which address me immediate causes of undernutrition) have been ranked among the best development buys for their effectiveness and value for money. If 13 proven nutrition specific interventions were delivered to scaled they could reduce child mortality by one-quarter and stunting by one-quarter at a benefit to cost ratio of 16 to 1. To put it another way, every $1 spent on nutrition specific interventions offers $16 returns of from increases in productivity and saving of resources otherwise directed to health services to deal with nutrition related illness.

The Prime Ministers Hunger Summit, ‘Nutrition for Growth’, offers a once-in-a-generation opportunity to bring about a substantial decline in child mortality and improve child survival, thus breaking inter-generational cycles and helping to enable all people to reach their full potential.

Read more “Improving Child Nutrition: An Investment in the Future.”

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