Investing in Nutrition: the Foundation for Development
This brief summarizes a costing analysis for global nutrition targets in created by the World Health Assembly (WHA). In 2012, the 194 member states of the WHA endorsed the first-ever global targets to improve stunting, exclusive breastfeeding, wasting, anemia, low birth weight, and overweight--some of which are embedded in Sustainable Development Goal 2 (end malnutrition in all its forms by the year 2030). The World Bank Group, Results for Development Institute (R4D), and 1,000 Days conducted this in-depth costing analysis and developed an investment framework for achieving four of the six global nutrition targets. The brief summarizes results and shows how governments, donors, the private sector, foundations, and others can come together to finance relevant nutrition efforts at scale. The authors place greatest weight on a sub-set of cost-effective actions that can be scaled up immediately, and which would require just over $2 billion for the next 10 years.
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