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More Political Will Needed To Support Further Investments In Childhood Nutrition

Devex: Opinion: The world needs to invest in childhood nutrition to ensure a healthy future
Yvonne Chaka Chaka, global goodwill ambassador for Roll Back Malaria

“As a champion for women and girls, I’ve pushed to increase access to education, sanitation, and health services for women and girls across Africa. Through this, I noticed that one major factor underlies success in all these areas: proper nutrition. … Through a new initiative focused on ‘Investing in the Early Years,’ the World Bank aims to help low- and middle-income countries, particularly those burdened with high rates of stunting, prevent childhood stunting. It is too early to tell if this initiative is working, but here are some of the key lessons I’ve learned from watching this program and ones like it. 1. We know what it takes to scale up nutrition interventions to prevent childhood stunting. … 2. We know how much it costs. … 3. We have support of leaders, but it’s uncertain whether we have the political will…” (9/1).

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