Efforts to defeat child malnutrition won’t succeed without more money to pay for improvements in healthcare, education, water and sanitation, and food production.
Giving children the best start in life, by ensuring good nutrition, helps the child; but it helps whole countries and economies too. Currently, only 4% of development aid has a direct impact on nutrition.
We want aid donors and governments to make three commitments in 2016/17:
1. A doubling of aid for nutrition, to be achieved by 2020 and based on a verifiable baseline figure.
2. A specific budget line for nutrition within national health budgets.
3. All donors who made a financial pledge at the London Nutrition for Growth Summit should ensure they are on track to meet it.
It’s time to fill the funding gap.