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The Power of Nutrition signs first humanitarian aid partner and announces first emergency nutrition project in Ethiopia

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London, 15 June 2023 — The Power of Nutrition today announces a new partnership with the humanitarian aid organisation International Medical Corps as it steps up its humanitarian response to the global malnutrition crisis. The partnership kicks-off with a $130,000 co-funded nutrition project for drought-affected households in the Oromia region of Ethiopia, using funds raised from the organisation’s global malnutrition crisis appeal.

Ethiopia, along with other countries across the Horn of Africa, is experiencing an extreme malnutrition crisis. Climate change has led to the region’s worst drought in the last 40 years and five consecutive failed harvests. The UN estimates that more than 20 million people are impacted and in need of food assistance.

The drought comes at a time of record global inflation, causing both the prices of food and fertiliser to soar, further exacerbating the numbers of those hungry and malnourished.

The Power of Nutrition joins forces with International Medical Corps as its first and dedicated humanitarian aid partner in response to this growing crisis. Their first work together will support communities in need of support in East Hararghe, by working with local community health workers to improve diets in households by providing goats and poultry, along with supporting infant and young-child feeding activities. This important work aims to sustainably prevent malnutrition, prioritising households with pregnant women and with young children. It will be complemented by International Medical Corps’ wider work supporting local health facilities to provide malnutrition treatment.

Dr Alok Ranjan, Director of Programmes and Investments at The Power of Nutrition, said:

Our programmes have always aimed to provide a balance between providing urgent treatment and creating sustainable solutions that help communities break the cycle of malnutrition and poverty. The global malnutrition crisis we’re facing however is unprecedented, and as such we’re pleased to be working with International Medical Corps to allow us to reach more in such urgent need. The crisis is taking a grip on many countries who did little to contribute to the factors that caused it. This is just the start of our work in response and we continue to engage with new partners to expand our support for more vulnerable populations.”

David Eastman, Senior Director of International Programs at International Medical Corps, added:

This generous donation by The Power of Nutrition will enable International Medical Corps, which has worked in Ethiopia since 2003, to further expand our efforts to fight malnutrition in that country, where women, children and men are suffering from years of drought and conflict. Thanks to this support, we will be able to provide critical livelihoods and livestock support, enabling at-risk people to help themselves.

The work in Ethiopia is thanks to generous donations from The Power of Nutrition’s private and public sector partners. Currently 43 million people across 51 countries are on the edge of famine as the global malnutrition crisis worsens. To find out more about The Power of Nutrition’s appeal and to consider donating, visit:



About The Power of Nutrition

The Power of Nutrition is a charitable foundation that unites businesses, governments, investors and non-profits in a joint mission to end the cycle of malnutrition. Our innovative finance and partnership model maximises nutrition investments to make resources go further.

We currently have 21 programmes in 16 countries with high rates of malnutrition across Africa and Asia. Each is aligned with national government plans, carefully designed to deliver impact at scale, and is based around a core set of evidence-based, high-impact interventions known to improve child, adolescent, and maternal nutrition.

To date, our programmes have enabled over 133 million women, children and adolescents to access essential nutrition interventions and services that are truly changing lives. Visit for more information on our work and on how to partner with us.

About International Medical Corps

International Medical Corps is a global first responder that delivers emergency medical and related services to those affected by conflict, disaster and disease, no matter where they are, no matter the conditions. It also trains people in their communities, providing them with the skills they need to recover, chart their own path to self-reliance and become effective first responders themselves. Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, it is a nonprofit with no religious or political affiliation, and now has more than 8,000 staff members around the world, 96% of whom are locally hired. Since its founding, it has operated in more than 80 countries, and has provided more than $4 billion in emergency relief and training to communities worldwide. For more information, please visit

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