Generation Nutrition Global Advocacy Campaign Launches Today
Child deaths from acute malnutrition could be ended in a generation, according to a new global campaign launched today by a coalition of leading international development organizations.
The ‘Generation Nutrition’ campaign shines a light on the plight of the 52 million children in the world suffering from acute malnutrition—that’s one in every 12 children globally. In a report published today, campaigners reveal that one million children die every year as a result of inadequate nutrition and that millions more have their prospects irreversibly damaged by the devastating effects of malnutrition.
It doesn’t have to be this way, the organizations launching the campaign contend. They’re calling for world leaders to agree on a new global target to bring down the number of children suffering from acute malnutrition by millions every year and take action to end child deaths from hunger.
“In today’s world, that one million children are allowed to die each year from acute malnutrition is a scandal that should spur governments into action. For the first time in history we have the knowledge and the means to ensure no children’s lives are lost to hunger. The Generation Nutrition campaign is calling on governments to make child malnutrition a global priority. If we act now, we can end child deaths from acute malnutrition in a generation.”
—Glen Tarman, International Advocacy Director, Action Against Hunger
The ‘Generation Nutrition’ report also provides detailed analysis, for the first time, on the fact that acute malnutrition does not only occur in humanitarian crises, but is most common in stable countries like India, Kenya and Indonesia. Campaigners say this demonstrates the need for acute malnutrition to be recognized as an “everyday emergency” with resources targeted at addressing the condition at a community level.
‘Generation Nutrition’ is launching a global petition today calling on world leaders to prioritize tackling acute child malnutrition and to ensure that the post-2015 development framework that replaces the Millennium Development Goals champions ending child deaths from hunger. Campaigners will present this petition to world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly in September 2014.