This week the State of Acute Malnutrition launched a Community of Practice on Family MUAC. This innovative approach trains mothers and other caretakers to identify early signs of malnutrition by using a simple-to-use Mid-Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) tape without going to a health facility or outpatient centre. The site brings together experiences from implementers and researchers around the world.
The 2018 Global Nutrition Report reveals an update on the unacceptable 'new normal' of global malnutrition for our world’s children: 150.8 million children under five are stunted, 50.5 million are wasted and 38.3 million are overweight. What is further concerning is that there are high rates of multiple forms of malnutrition co-existing in the same communities and contexts.
Today we observe the United Nations World Children’s Day, which promotes international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improved children's welfare. World Children’s Day is also a call to action in advocating for and promoting children’s rights, to ensure a better world for children. Much progress has been made, but there is still much more to achieve, especially on the nutrition front, where we are falling short.
The State of Acute Malnutrition website (www.acutemalnutrition.org), managed by the No Wasted Lives Coalition, aims to provide an overview of all available information related to severe and moderate acute malnutrition in both English and French, at a global and country-specific level. We are delighted to announce that the new UNICEF Nutridash data for 2016 is now available.
The No Wasted Lives Coalition announces that the innocent foundation will fund four major acute malnutrition research projects worth £1.1 million in Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Kenya, Mali and Sierra Leone.