Good nutrition, particularly in the first 1000 days (from conception to two years), is absolutely critical to the long-term health and productivity of any individual. According to The Lancet's Series on Maternal and Child Undernutrition, 3,5 million mothers and children under five die unnecessarily each year due to the underlying causes of undernutrition. This makes undernutrition the biggest killer of under-five children, causing 45% of all under-five deaths.
In 2013, 10% of the global children population (52 million children) were wasted - low weight for age due to acute malnutrition. Another 165 million children in the world, a quarter of the world’s child population, were stunted - low height for age due to chronic malnutrition. Stunting can cause irreversible physical and mental disabilities that impact the health, economic well-being and welfare of the adult and are passed on to the next generations. Undernutrition also weakens the immune system, increasing the chance of incurring infections and illnesses and worsening the impact of communicable diseases, such as HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis.
Global Health Advocates works to make the fight against malnutrition a political and financial priority of development policy in France and the EU. We mobilise resources for scaling up the implementation of nutrition interventions and for the achievement of international commitments on this issue. We promote the integration of nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive interventions within primary health programmes and advocate for an increase in public sector spending for nutrition in developing countries.
Global Health Advocates is a member of the Generation Nutrition Campaign , playing an active role in France and at EU level in order to promote multisectoral nutrition policies. In this context, we work together with 7 other NGOs in France and 10 NGOs at EU level.
French Member of Parliament delegation to Senegal. Watch the video (in French)