No Wasted Lives announced today that it has appointed Amy Mayberry as Deputy Director. Ms. Mayberry brings more than 10 years of technical expertise in public health and nutrition to No Wasted Lives, where she will help drive evidence uptake, advocacy and policy engagement efforts to achieve the No Wasted Lives target of doubling the proportion of children treated for wasting by 2020.

There are 50.5 million children under five who are wasted today, and less than 20 percent of these children have access to life-saving, life-enhancing treatment. Wasting is among the most severe forms of malnutrition, and it is not only treatable, but also preventable.

No Wasted Lives envisions a world where no child suffers or dies from wasting. Its goal is to support the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target to end all forms of malnutrition, which incorporates the World Health Assembly target to reduce and maintain wasting to less than five per cent by 2025. In addition, No Wasted Lives supports the SDGs to end preventable child deaths, and ensure health, progress, and opportunities for all children by 2030.

By making the prevention and treatment of wasting in children an urgent development priority, No Wasted Lives is working hand-in-hand with partners to increase government policy and program commitments, mobilise much-needed financing, scale up care and treatment programmes, and make the injustice of malnutrition a thing of the past.

“The No Wasted Lives Secretariat is thrilled to have Amy as Deputy Director,” said Nabeeha Kazi Hutchins, Executive Director of No Wasted Lives. “Amy’s tremendous leadership on the technical and research activities of No Wasted Lives over the past two years has been invaluable. With Amy stepping into this new role, No Wasted Lives can benefit from her technical and research uptake expertise as well as her strategic and programmatic insights to help drive the catalytic impact required to achieve the vision where no child suffers or dies from wasting.”

“We are at a critical moment in time, where we must accelerate action and coordination to combat wasting and all forms of malnutrition,” said Amy Mayberry, Deputy Director of No Wasted Lives.  “I’m looking forward to working with our Coalition partners and leadership to bring forward the wealth of knowledge, experience, and evidence to prevent and treat wasting, and support concrete efforts to scale up action at country and regional levels.”

Amy has been the Head of Evidence for No Wasted Lives, based at Action Against Hunger UK, for the past three years, focusing on the generation and use of data to inform programme design and policy development for acute malnutrition. She previously managed a portfolio of Evidence, Measurement, and Evaluation (EME) health and nutrition grants at the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) across Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia and sat on the strategy development teams for the Foundation on Nutrition Data & Knowledge and Severe Acute Malnutrition. She previously worked with PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative and at the World Bank. Amy holds a BA in International Studies, a BS in Cellular, Molecular & Developmental Biology from the University of Washington, and a Masters in Health Sciences in International Health from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Amy can be reached at amayberry@nowastedlives.org

Follow her on Twitter @amaybes

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