Where we Invest

We invest in hotspot countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia where the evidence shows that our investments will be most likely to result in a measurable and sustainable reduction in child undernutrition. We identified Tanzania as our first hotspot country and approved our first investment to the country in summer 2015.


Our five-year investment is co-financing a major new nutrition initiative that will bring crucial micronutrient supplements, education about better nutrition practices, and healthcare services to 20 million children and 5 million women by 2020. This financing will lead to large-scale reductions in stunting, maternal anaemia, and infant and maternal mortality in the long term and is an example of how private capital can play a much greater role in helping the world’s poor.

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Total Under 5 Population

150 million children under the age of 5 are physically and cognitively stunted in the regions we're working in.*

Wasting develops over a short period of time and can be reversible if caught in time.

Severe acute malnutrition (SAM) puts children under the age of 5 at very high risk of death.

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> 10,000.000
< 200.000
Very High> 40%
Medium - High20 - 40%
Low< 20%
Very High> 1,000,000
Medium - High250,000 - 1,000,000
Low< 250,000
Very High> 15%
Medium - High4.0 - 15%
Low< 4.0%
Very High> 4.0%
Medium - High1.0 - 4.0%
Low< 1.0%

* Note: Calculations are based on national stunting prevalence rates compared to total U5 population.
Source: UNICEF, WHO, World Bank. Joint Child Malnutrition Dataset (2014 revision). Compiled by UNICEF, WHO, and the World Bank Joint Malnutrition Estimates group.

Investment Criteria

Implementing on a national scale

Our investments will be concentrated in 5 hotspot countries initially and will vary in size. The identification of our hotspot countries will be based on a set of transparent criteria:

  • Sub-Saharan African and Asian countries with the highest need
  • Commitment and co-financing at the country-level
  • On-the-ground capacity to deliver results on a larger scale

What we invest in

We invest in in a specific set of interventions that deliver high-quality basic nutrition supplements, education and services – that have been tried, tested and proven to prevent undernutrition.

  • Nutrition  supplements

    Vitamin A is one example of how a child’s diet can be supplemented to give them a healthier and brighter future. Finding and supporting sustainable ways to give children the vitamin A they need often comes as part of broader programs to deliver basic health care services. Essential for vision, growth, development, and a healthy immune system, vitamin A is recognized by leading economists and health experts as one of the most cost-effective public health interventions. It only costs around $1 per child per year.

  • Nutrition  education

    Early and 6-month exclusive breastfeeding is one example of how basic care practices can give children healthier and longer lives. Early and exclusive breastfeeding has been found to reduce all-cause and infection-related mortality by 45%. Programmes to establish and improve the quality of care practices like this often include training health care workers to deliver the right messages about nutrition to mothers. It costs as little as $5 to promote these life-saving behaviours to each mother per year.

  • Nutrition  services

    Community-based therapeutic feeding is one example of how simple health care can save lives. Almost 1 in 10 severely wasted children can be expected to die without treatment. Energy-dense, micronutrient-enriched, ready-to-use therapeutic foods (RUTFs) – like fortified peanut butter pastes – help children gain weight and make a full recovery in just a few weeks. It costs less than $200 per child, and is one of the most cost-effective life-saving interventions that exists.

For more information on these and other evidence-based interventions that the Power of Nutrition supports, see The LancetScaling Up Nutrition and The World Bank.

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