This morning, my daughters ate a hardy breakfast. They had eggs, toast and a yogurt each. What do you think women and children in poverty-stricken regions throughout the world ate (or did they)?
I remember reading an article by Anap Shah a few years ago, I have never been able to get out of my head. The heading read, “Today, around 21,000 children died around the world.”
I was shocked! Living in a bubble, I rarely paid attention to how devastating the numbers were (about 1 child dying every 4 seconds)! Although written a few years ago, that article was the catalyst for my quest to learn more about Global nutrition and it’s effect on women and children.
Anap Shah caused two conflicting emotions:
First, relief that my children didn’t fall into one of those statistics.
Second, SICK TO MY STOMACH THAT I EVEN FELT THAT WAY!
Did you know that nearly 165 MILLION children UNDER 5-Years-Old suffer from undernutrition today? According to the Lancet medical journal, malnutrition contributes to 3.1 million under-five child deaths annually. The numbers are stunning but don’t have to be. USAID and Feed The Future are 2 organizations dedicated to reducing them. Together, they are working towards building a better future for mothers and children.
Feed The Future, the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative has already improved Nutrition and helped people lead healthier lives in Zambia, Guatemala, Tanzania and more. Through Feed The Future, almost 9 million children have been positively affected, more than 150,000 people have been trained through nutrition programs, and that is just the beginning. Feed The Future shares their knowledge with the people in poverty-stricken locations and they support country-owned programs addressing undernutrition. Their monthly newsletter is filled with information regarding their latest goals and their progress. You can find out more about Feed The Future here.
USAID believes in integrating their approach on dealing with global health and nutrition by forging the right partnerships with organizations like Feed The Future. USAID signed on to the global Nutrition for Growth Compact and released the Lancet Series on Maternal and Child Nutrition which is chock filled with information about the importance of improving nutrition globally. Their goal is to ensure every child is given the best start possible in life.
The first 1000 days (from a woman’s pregnancy to a child’s second birthday) are the most critical for a child’s development. By focusing on maternal health and young children, USAID, with Feed The Future are striving to cut the death toll for children under 5-years-old. Find out more about their goal and ways to help here.