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  • on 03.06.2015
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  • by Kevin Hind

Gates Foundation: $776 Million for Nutrition in the Fight Against Child Mortality 0

With the first day of the European Development Days (EDD15) taking place today in Brussels, Melinda Gates, the co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, made an important announcement today in the fight against malnutrition by stating that “that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will more than double its investments in nutrition to $776 million over the next six years”.

Speaking before European leaders and important stakeholders in aid and development, Gates said  ”malnutrition is the underlying cause of nearly half of all under-5 child deaths” and that “for too long the world has underinvested in nutrition. Today we see an opportunity to change that. Along with the Gates Foundation, many European donors are now prioritizing nutrition, which we believe will be one of the fundamental solutions to help cut child mortality in half by 2030”.

Miss Gates’ announcement will result in an extra $180 million of funding from the UK’s Department for International Development. Furthermore, the Foundation will also provide “a new $500,000 grant to the European Commission to support the Commission’s National Information Platforms for Nutrition initiative”, a program which has the goal of improving “countries’ ability to track and analyse the impact of their nutrition programs”.

The Gates Foundation believes that its new approach to investment in nutrition will benefit both women and children though improving “food systems (in conjunction with the agriculture sector) to help ensure people have better access to safe, nutritious and affordable food year-round” and will “catalyse a data revolution in nutrition to strengthen the evidence-base for action, inform decisions and track progress toward goals and commitments”.

Baroness Verma, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the UK’s Department for International Development, showed the dangers of malnutrition by stating that “poor nutrition in childhood endangers lives and has a massive impact on a child’s ability to learn and then earn a decent living. This acts as a brake on economies across the developing world. This vital funding will enable women and children to get the right nutrition at the right time, meaning safer pregnancies and healthier babies”.

EDD15 will continue today before concluding tomorrow June 4th.

by Kevin Hind

Photo Credit: Flickr/CSIS | Center for Strategic & International Studies

Click Here to read the Press Statement released by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, used  for the quotes in this article

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