Dear Friends and Partners,
The growing COVID-19 pandemic has affected all of us in ways we cannot have predicted. We hope you and your families are well.
As the world unites in its response, The Power of Nutrition is closely monitoring the fast-changing landscape to ensure our operations are seamless and the health and wellbeing of our staff, partners and colleagues is prioritised.
We know that the most vulnerable are hit the hardest during crises. Now, more than ever, health systems across the entire world must be strengthened to ride out the inevitable economic and social impact of COVID-19. Our beneficiaries need us more than ever. We urge our partners to remain optimistic that positive changes can still be made – and we call on your continued support and commitment to our mission.
As we ride out these uncertain times together, our promise to you is that we will continue to focus on keeping the worldwide community safe and update you on our work. Our team is fully mobilised and available online. Please do not hesitate to contact us.
The Power of Nutrition Team
The Power of Nutrition is an innovative foundation committed to helping children grow to their full potential, ending the cycle of undernutrition and enabling countries to build strong and prosperous communities.
Our vision is a world where every child has access to good nutrition. By brokering collaborative partnerships with the private and public sector we are able to unlock vital funding that will transform children’s futures on a scale that few can achieve alone.
Using our unique funding mechanism we aim to mobilise $1 billion of new financing for nutrition by 2022.
This will enable us to work at scale, reaching an additional 17 million children and 18 million women, protecting 600,000 children from stunting, saving 60,000 lives and preventing 1.5 million cases of maternal anaemia.
Undernutrition is the underlying cause of 45 percent of all child deaths globally. In Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, nearly 4 in 10 children are growing up suffering from stunting – a chronic condition that limits the development of their bodies and brains and impacts on all aspects of their health and wellbeing.
Investing in better nutrition for mothers and during early childhood – especially during the crucial first 1,000 days of life – is proven to be one of the best means we have to transform a child’s health, education and livelihood.
Yet nutrition is still chronically underfunded; global spending by donors on undernutrition is 0.5 percent of Overseas Development Assistance (Global Nutrition Report 2017) and less than 1 percent of national government budgets.
The Power of Nutrition seeks to drive investment at scale in proven interventions that will help to reduce undernutrition in countries where the burden is most acute.
The Power of Nutrition is a platform that facilitates partnerships between diverse stakeholders to unlock $1 billion in new financing to transform children’s futures on a scale that no single entity can achieve alone. Each $1 that we raise is multiplied by at least 4 times with additional investment from The Power of Nutrition and our implementing partners.
Building effective partnerships sits at the heart of everything we do. Since its formation in 2015, The Power of Nutrition has helped to bring together a powerful coalition of organisations that share our goals.
Our partners include our founding funders CIFF and DFID, world class implementing partners such as UNICEF and the World Bank, and a growing number of like-minded investors who recognise that improving nutrition is a smart investment that will unlock the potential of future generations and lay the foundations for future growth and development around the world.