Malnutrition is a pervasive and neglected problem. A child dies from hunger-related diseases every 5 seconds, and over 45% of all child deaths globally can be attributed to malnutrition. In contrast, good nutrition builds human capital and boosts multigenerational prosperity. Good nutritional status is linked to improved school completion rates, higher household income, and ultimately a greater chance at escaping the cycle of poverty.
Although nutrition interventions have enormous potential to save lives and boost prosperity, nutrition has historically been a relatively low priority for country governments and donor organizations. Another challenge is that relatively little is known about what’s currently being spent on nutrition at the global and country level – and how much more money is needed. In order to mobilize additional nutrition funding, donors and governments need robust financial analyses, including the costs and potential financing scenarios for scaling up nutrition programs.
R4D is working to fill this knowledge gap. By analyzing nutrition financing at the global and country level, we are working to unlock additional funding for high-impact, evidence-based nutrition interventions that can save children’s lives around the world.
- Globally, we are working in conjunction with the World Bank to develop the first estimates of the global costs and financing needed to meet the World Health Assembly’s nutrition targets. The ultimate goal of this work is to generate evidence to support advocacy efforts towards scaling up cost-effective, life-saving nutrition interventions.
- At the country level, we are working with country governments in India, Ethiopia, and Nigeria to develop costing and financing estimates that can potentially mobilize additional funding for life-saving nutrition programs in these countries.