Supplying a child with two high doses of Vitamin A every year is one of the most cost-effective ways to protect children from blindness, diarrhea, and other fatal illnesses. Learn more about Vitamin A supplementation for kids, a Power 4 nutrition intervention.
Millions of children every year require wasting treatment. Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) is an energy-dense, life-saving product that gives wasted children the nutrients they need to survive. Learn more about specialized foods for wasting treatment, a Power 4 nutrition intervention.
Despite the proven benefits of supplying pregnant women with a full dosage of multiple-micronutrient supplements (MMS), the majority of women do not have access to these critical supplements. MMS not only prevents maternal death and still births, it also increases the chances a baby will be born at a healthy weight and survive to his or her second birthday. Learn more about prenatal vitamins for pregnant women, a Power 4 nutrition intervention.
Babies get the best start at life when they drink nothing but breastmilk until they are 6 months old, and continue breastfeeding until they are 2 years old while also consuming other nutritious complementary foods. Learn more about breastfeeding, a Power 4 nutrition intervention.
We are missing many opportunities to support breastfeeding in the United States. In the healthcare system, broken communication, competing priorities, and low confidence in support skills create roadblocks for lactation support throughout the breastfeeding journey. As a consequence of these missed opportunities, 60% of mothers stop breastfeeding before they planned, and only a quarter of babies are exclusively breastfed at six months old despite high breastfeeding initiation rates. Our system is failing breastfeeding families. Supporting families every step of the way requires frequent & consistent education, counseling, problem solving, and communication among all providers.
Below are graphics putting child malnutrition deaths in perspective by comparing them to the populations of district-specific geographical locations. These graphics can be used by advocates to engage with Members of Congress, in op-eds, talking points, on social media and in any other collateral. The district-specific locations were chosen based off information on policymakers’ involvement with nutrition issues.
A list of questions advocates should ask themselves before using numbers that have been generated by a predictive model. The information came from a 1,000 Days Severe Malnutrition Learning Series webinar “Predictive Modelling for Nutrition: Using Projections to Enhance Advocacy” and was provided by speakers Dr. Derek Headey, Senior Research Fellow in the Poverty, Health and Nutrition Division at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) – Myanmar and Dr. Rebecca Heidkamp, faculty member in the Center for Human Nutrition, Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Bloomberg School of Public Health.
This infographic shows specific nutrition interventions that span the course of the critical 1,000-day period between a woman’s pregnancy and a child’s second birthday when there is a unique window of opportunity to build healthier and more prosperous futures for mothers and their babies.