This blog is one of several published in real time during the live event “nutrition for growth; beating hunger through business and science”. The rest of the blogs can be found by clicking the links at the bottom of the page. Some of those organisations supporting this movement are include The IF campaign, The ONE campaign DFID.
Under nutrition is responsible for HALF of all child deaths and a THIRD of maternal deaths, says Jamie Cooper Hohn of CIF, the Children’s Investment Fund.
She says sometimes when we try to help, we try to make an immediate difference, and don’t stop to ask what the real questions are of how best to help.
A well nourished child is 30% more likely to be in the correct grade in school. Stunting does not just affect the physical growth, but also neurological development. This is not just a humanitarian, but an economic reality: A 20-45% increase in wages with a 5-10% increase in physical growth.
Whatsmore, stopping hunger isn’t enough. A child can have as much rice or maize as it needs to feel satisfied, but if that child does not have the correct vitamins and minerals then it will still not develop as it should, physically, or neurologically.
We see ample evidence that simple interventions work – BREASTFEEDIN, VIT A, CALCIUM, IRON, PROMOTING HAND-WASHING AND PREVENTING DIAHORRHEA.
Find out more about CIF here
And how they are trying to improve child survival
A PDF of the executive summary can be viewed HERE
Why the time to act is now: https://wp.me/p3scvU-lT
Mark Walport: https://wp.me/p3scvU-lR
Ireland remembers: https://wp.me/p3scvU-lN
It’s not difficult to make a difference: https://wp.me/p3scvU-lK
Some bloke called Dave https://wp.me/p3scvU-lr
Unicef’s 1000 Days https://wp.me/p3scvU-lm
Can science end starvation? https://wp.me/p3scvU-lg