The neglected crisis of undernutrition: a new strategy

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This new strategy sets out a clear and comprehensive approach for preventing the short-term suffering that leads to physical stunting and reduced mental capacity - and ultimately has serious implications for the chances these children have to get into productive employment as adults and enjoy long and healthy lives.

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The neglected crisis of undernutrition: a new strategy

  1. 1. The neglected crisis of undernutrition: DFID’s Strategy
  2. 2. 1 in 3 children stunted 3 children, all 3 years old. Roshani on the left is 16cm shorter than Sonam on the right. The chance of Roshani being this short naturally is less than 3 in 100. Madhya Pradesh, India
  3. 3. 19 million children severely wasted Less than 5% of these children are treated 19 x more likely to die
  4. 4. Foundational for development but SILENT EMERGENCY HIDDEN HUNGER NEGLECTED
  5. 5. The window of opportunity: pre-conception to 2 years of age – 1000 days Beyond two years stunting is largely irreversible
  6. 6. Indirect interventions Health systems strengthening Social protection Agricultural devt Water and sanitation Gender equality Girls education Governance Direct Interventions Vit A supplementation Therapeutic Zinc Iron and Folate Support for breastfeeding Nutrition education Treatment of infections Treatment of severe acute malnutrition . Direct and indirect interventions Indirect interventions Direct interventions
  7. 7. 5 Guiding principles Focus Multi-sectoral Aid effectiveness Making investments go further Gender High burden countries, pre-conception to 2 years, poorest Health, food security, social protection, education, water & sanitation and governance Spending using existing instruments Support of national plans Targeting and empowering women
  8. 8. Four strategic objectives Mobilising & coordinating the international response Reaching 12 million children in our partner countries Investing in multiple sectors to deliver improved nutrition <ul><li>Deliver a Global Action Plan on nutrition at the 2010 MDG summit </li></ul><ul><li>Securing political leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthening information for decision makers </li></ul><ul><li>6 priority countries </li></ul><ul><li>8 further countries with some sectoral commitment to the strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Humanitarian response </li></ul><ul><li>Adjustments to design and monitoring of programmes in: </li></ul><ul><li>agriculture & food security, </li></ul><ul><li>social protection, </li></ul><ul><li>health, </li></ul><ul><li>water & sanitation, </li></ul><ul><li>governance </li></ul>2 Building evidence and demonstrating results <ul><li>Research – CGIAR, RPC, systematic reviews </li></ul><ul><li>Programme evaluations </li></ul><ul><li>Addressing knowledge gaps on indirect interventions </li></ul>4 3 1
  9. 9. 6 countries where 50% of underweight children live <ul><li>Bangladesh </li></ul><ul><li>Ethiopia </li></ul><ul><li>India </li></ul><ul><li>Nepal </li></ul><ul><li>Nigeria </li></ul><ul><li>Zimbabwe </li></ul>

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