Investing in children’s nutrition has the power to trigger big social and economic changes. Children with well-developed brains and bodies have better life chances: they live longer and healthier lives, they do better in school, and they grow into more productive adults.
Good nutrition is not just about how much food is available to consume, but rather about ensuring the right nutrients – whether from breastfeeding, a varied diet or supplements – go into the body, and also stay in. The right nutrients for both mother and baby during the first 1,000 days from conception to the second birthday set the stage for physical, emotional and intellectual development for that child’s entire life.
We believe that tackling undernutrition is urgent, feasible and affordable. And we are seeing progress.
In 2015, six million fewer children were chronically undernourished than the year before. The introduction of community management of acute malnutrition means millions of children are now being treated in their homes every year.