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Global Advocates Call for U.S. Leadership in Fight to End Malnutrition

8 November, 2016

Advocates in the fight against malnutrition are calling on the next president of the United States to prioritize investments in global nutrition-specific interventions.

This call to action highlighted a global investment framework developed by Results for Development, in partnership with the World Bank, 1,000 Days, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation. This groundbreaking analysis outlines how much donors and governments need to invest in nutrition—along with financing scenarios that suggest how costs could be divided equitably among donors and governments—to drive significant progress toward achieving four of the six World Health Assembly Global Nutrition Targets, specifically those focused on alleviating stunted growth, wasting and anemia, and increasing exclusive breastfeeding.

 

This framework was used to inform a nutrition policy paper, which was sent to both major party candidates in the U.S. presidential election and offered the following recommendations for the next U.S. president:

  1. Increase and leverage funding to demonstrate global leadership by investing at least $677 million per year in nutrition-specific interventions
  2. Identify U.S. contributions to the global nutrition targets
  3. Designate a high-level leader to oversee U.S. efforts in nutrition across agencies and initiatives
  4. Pioneer ground-breaking research in nutrition innovation and nutrition-sensitive interventions to enhance and optimize programs

Additionally, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist penned an op-ed in The Hill on the unique opportunity the next U.S. president will have to demonstrate global leadership on malnutrition. Citing the investment framework co-developed by R4D, he said, “Increasing U.S. investments in global nutrition by $350 million per year over the next decade would be one of the smartest and most cost-effective decisions that our next President could make upon assuming office.”


Infographic: As part of the Global Investment Framework, R4D developed a series of future financing scenarios through which the global World Health Assembly nutrition targets could be achieved. This would involve a coordinated effort between donors, governments, households and new innovative financing mechanisms to scale up high-impact nutrition interventions over the next 10 years.

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