A NEW RESOURCE FOR ADVOCATES WORKING TO CATALYSE POLICY COMMITMENTS AND INCREASED INVESTMENTS IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CHILDHOOD WASTING

No Wasted Lives has released an advocacy brief to support efforts by nutrition and health leaders to increase wasting prevention and treatment policy and investment commitments.  

Almost 50 million children under five are wasted today, with 14 million wasted children in Africa, and almost 34 million wasted children in Asia. With less than 20 per cent of children in need of treatment receiving it, and limited progress on effective prevention at scale, the global burden of wasting has largely stagnated over the years.

While global attention and domestic progress have been achieved in prioritising the response to malnutrition, we risk falling short in meeting the Sustainable Development Goal of ending malnutrition in all of its forms by 2030. Not only are we failing to prevent wasting, which is the most life-threatening form of malnutrition, we also are failing to ensure that those who currently suffer from wasting, have access to safe and effective treatment.

“The No Time to Waste advocacy brief is a tool to enable new conversations about, and commitments for prevention and treatment action to end wasting in our lifetime,” says Nabeeha Kazi Hutchins, Executive Director of No Wasted Lives. “We hope our partners, civil society groups, and nutrition and public health advocates use the No Time to Waste advocacy brief in conversations with donors and other critical stakeholders who can have a catalytic impact on the state of childhood wasting today.”

We can do more. We can do better, together. Read the advocacy brief to find out why and how.