In 2009 the G8 leaders, to great acclaim, pledged $20bn over three years to tackle food insecurity. Four years on and only $15bn has been spent. This year, governments, businesses and NGOs like World Vision pledged $4bn to tackle childhood undernutrition. Yet these are still just promises and, as the 2009 G8 story demonstrates, the G8 has a rather chequered history with actually delivering on promises. Read Andrew Griffiths blog on this years G8 summit.
National Nutrition Coordinator for World Vision Kenya, Rose Ndolo, reflects on attending the Nutrition for Growth summit in London last Saturday and what the recent momentum could mean for improving nutrition.
“There is still one pregnant women out of every 48 who dies in Mexico” declared Luis del Rio, national director – World Vision Mexico. “It is unacceptable because we have skills and the infrastructure to prevent thousands of deaths associated with pregnancy.” That is why World Vision Mexico recently launched the Child Health Now campaign, which will focus on advocacy to improve the access of women and children to health services.
The G8’s accountability report, released ahead of the main summit in just over a week’s time, is weak on nutrition at a time when it should be the opposite. The report has the G8 claiming they have led or supported a number of initiatives related to maternal, newborn and child health, including the Scaling Up Nutrition movement. But what is not clear in the report is what this support for nutrition looks like in practice for the countries who have signed up to this movement.
World Vision welcomes the 30 May report of the High Level Panel (HLP) on the Post-2015 Development Agenda as, ‘Presenting a bold vision for the eradication of extreme poverty’. The majority of priority issues that World Vision advocated for are reflected in the report in varying degrees. The challenge is now for the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, to retain and strengthen the HLP’s proposals as he prepares his recommendations for the important UN General Assembly in September.
Promises made by governments, corporations and aid agencies in London today will save the lives of millions of children if they are followed through on, says World Vision. The leaders of countries, organisations and industries gathered together as part of the UK-hosted Nutrition for Growth Summit, ahead of the G8 later this month.
The new Lancet series confirms what we know from our years of working on this issue – that tackling undernutrition is both the most important long-term problem facing children, and that doing so isn’t complicated. It means making it a priority at every level. It means ensuring the success of any and all poverty-alleviation programmes is measured by their impact on children’s nourishment.
Major progress in tackling child undernutrition in some of the world’s toughest countries is under threat as military and security funding takes precedence. The number of children under five who die every year has nearly halved since 1990. Yet, as world leaders prepare to gather in London for the Nutrition for Growth Summit this weekend, World Vision’s Fragile but not Helpless report finds that this progress is under threat.
This year, and especially right now, the political spotlight has been on nutrition. And nowhere more so than in the European Union, which continues to target improving nutrition for mothers and children, especially during last week's Foreign Affairs Council meeting, held in Brussels. Ireland, in its Presidency of the European Union (EU) has demonstrated strong political will to put an end to millions of preventable child deaths. Find out more here.
In support of the United Nations Secretary-General's Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health, World Vision was pleased to help launch the Innovation Working Group Asia (aIWG) on 28 May. The launch occurred as a side event at the Women Deliver 2013 conference in Malaysia.