New York Times op-ed columnist Nicloas Kristoff highlights Action Against Hunger as a particularly effective global organization addressing acute malnutrition among children. Excerpt below.
"One reason efforts to break cycles of poverty haven’t been more successful is that we often start too late. A vast amount of evidence has accumulated over the last 25 years showing that the first 1,000 days of life, when the brain is growing quickly, are crucially important for a person’s long-term wellbeing. Yet too often we allow a child to be traumatized or neglected, or to suffer lead poisoning or malnutrition, in ways that may have lifelong consequences.
For example, one reason I emphasize malnutrition is that almost one-fourth of children worldwide are physically stunted from malnutrition. We see the physical impairment, but what we can’t see is the mental stunting as well, the cognitive impairments that will hold a person back — and a country back — for decades afterward. Groups like Action Against Hunger aren’t just helping kids get a full tummy, but are also laying the groundwork for a strong adulthood."