The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by 193 countries that agreed to progress for all people by 2030. Through this commitment, global leaders also committed to eliminating all preventable child deaths.
With malnutrition serving as the underlying cause of almost 50 percent of child deaths, we must drive concerted and coordinated action if we expect to achieve the SDG promise to leave no one behind. Failure to prevent and treat malnutrition at scale undermines the effectiveness of efforts to tackle other diseases such as malaria, diarrhoea and pneumonia.
Children threatened and affected by acute malnutrition are at a disadvantage. They are up to 11 times more likely to die than well-nourished children and, while 90 percent of children who complete treatment for acute malnutrition are cured, less than 25 percent of them have access to treatment.
In the face of this injustice, the No Wasted Lives Coalition says “no more.” With the backing of the world’s leading international organisations, we are driving a movement where prevention, early detection and treatment of acute malnutrition are scaled up, and can deliver impact at unprecedented levels for our world’s children.