Urgent action is needed to tackle malnutrition and it starts by investing in the first 1,000 days.

Malnutrition kills millions of children every year and robs millions more of the opportunity to reach their full potential. This global crisis requires global action in order to give every child a fair start to life. In 2012, world leaders committed to reaching six global nutrition targets by 2025. Yet, reaching these targets in the next decade will require increased investment. World leaders must act now to fulfill their promises and save millions of lives.

To inform the urgent action needed, the World Bank, Results for Development Institute, and 1,000 Days – with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation – developed a roadmap for policymakers that outlines the investments required to tackle malnutrition. Download the report to learn more.

Reaching the Global Targets

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“One of the biggest obstacles to [a] better world is our collective failure to help parents provide adequate nutrition… to children during the first 1,000 days.”

Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank, April 2016
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Stunting

One in four children under the age of five suffers from stunting – which impact a child’s brain and body. Reaching the global nutrition target to reduce stunting would result in 65 million fewer children stunted in 2025. Full report available soon.

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Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is good for moms, babies, and economies. Reaching the global nutrition target to increase breastfeeding rates would mean that 105 million more children are exclusively breastfed, saving 520,000 children’s lives. Full report available soon.

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Wasting

Millions of children under the age of five suffer from wasting, and severe wasting is one of the leading causes of death in children. Treating severe acute malnutrition can reduce the number of wasted children and save 860,000 child lives. Full report available soon.

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Anemia

Half a billion women of reproductive age are anemic, which increases the risks for mom and baby during pregnancy and birth. Reaching the global nutrition target to reduce anemia would result in 265 million fewer women suffering from anemia in 2025. Full report available soon.

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Assessment of global targets on childhood overweight and low birth weight were not included in this analysis; additional research is needed to determine what interventions would support achievement of these targets.

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