Evidence shows that improving quality of nutrition in the crucial first 1,000 days of a child’s life – and on through early childhood – represents the best way to reduce the risk of undernutrition and stunting and the lifelong implications they bring.
We therefore seek to use our investments to support programmes that take to scale a sub-set of 11 priority interventions that have been proven to have the biggest impact improving nutrition for mothers, babies and young children and reducing the risk of stunting, wasting and loss of life.
These 11 interventions were highlighted in the 2008 Lancet Series on Maternal and Child Undernutrition and the 2013 Lancet Series on Maternal and Child Nutrition as having the greatest impact on child stunting.
The programmes that we invest in use a combination of these interventions, tailored to specific local context and need, to improve nutrition outcomes and reduce levels of stunting, wasting and undernutrition. To ensure sustainability, the scale up of these interventions are embedded in health systems, social protection programmes and / or agricultural programmes as appropriate for the context.
Picture by Mavis Owusu-Gyamfi, Head, Director of Investments (Liberia 2018)