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financial resources through innovative partnerships with businesses

We work with businesses to engage individuals in a global solidarity movement to fight chronic malnutrition, a disease affecting 1 in 5 children in the world.

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the funds to innovative and sustainable interventions

We invest in nutritious food systems that empower women to provide their children with the foods they need for healthy growth and development.

How does COVID-19 affect malnutrition?

2.6 million additional children will be chronically malnourished in 2022 compared to 2019.

That is under the moderate scenario. With losses of income, nutritious foods - often the most expensive - are the first to be cut out of family diets.

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What is UNITLIFE?

UNITLIFE is the United Nations initiative fighting chronic malnutrition through innovation. UNITLIFE raises funds through innovative finance mechanisms. UNITLIFE invests in nutritious food systems, women's empowerment and climate-smart agriculture.

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What is innovative finance?

Innovative finance refers to non-traditional mechanisms to raise additional funds for development aid through innovative projects such as micro-donations, public-private partnerships and market-based transactions.

UNITLIFE engages the private sector and leverages innovative finance to bring new, additional resources for the fight against chronic malnutrition – complementing important but yet insufficient domestic resources and official development assistance.

Read about one of UNITLIFE's innovative partnerships

Read the position of the President of UNITLIFE on the business case of investing in chronic malnutrition prevention.

Why focus on chronic malnutrition?

Chronic malnutrition significantly reduces the opportunities for children to reach their full potential to be able to lift themselves out of poverty. Affected children are unable to learn as well as their peers at school and on average earn 20% less in adulthood. Today, 1 in 5 children are affected by the disease.

Chronically malnourished children suffer irreversible consequences on their physical and brain development. They also have a weaker immune system and are therefore 5 times more likely to die before the age of five.

One of the most effective ways to protect the human capital of the next generations is to prevent chronic malnutrition.

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