Nearly five years since the birth of The Power of Nutrition, we have mobilised over US $450 million for programmes in 11 countries using our model. In five of those investments, in Liberia, Tanzania, Madagascar, Benin and Ethiopia, over 30 million children, adolescent girls and women of childbearing age have gained access to vital nutrition services, taking us a step forward towards the elimination of stunting.
Yet, there is still much work to do.
With these high levels of stunting amongst children, we can expect the number of stunted adults to continue to grow. This will inevitably have a huge impact on nutrition related health costs on countries, as well as the productivity and prosperity of their workforce, the private sector and businesses which employ them, and ultimately on their economies.
We believe that if global donors, alongside high-burden country governments, the private sector and civil society, do not refocus on the task at hand to end malnutrition in all its forms by 2030, and renew their pledges for 2021 and beyond, progress made so far is likely to be stalled, putting millions of lives at risk and threatening economic progress.
Therefore, we see enormous opportunity in bringing our pioneering model to the N4G Summit and ensuring pledges go further with a specific focus on mobilising domestic resource and engaging private sector investment at scale.