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Saving the next generation

INNOVATIVE FUND, HOSTED BY THE UNITED NATIONS, DEDICATED TO THE FIGHT AGAINST CHRONIC MALNUTRITION

Addressing the challenge of chronic malnutrition requires a cross-sectoral response

Philippe Douste-Blazy, President of UNITLIFE. Solidarity Matters

Our Vision

Ensure that the next generation benefits from nutritious foods so that every woman and child has the chance to thrive and reach their full potential

Our Mission

Contribute to building resilient and nutrition-sensitive food systems while placing women at the heart of the approach

21%

children are chronically malnourished worldwide

3.1M

annual children death due to malnourishment

14%

loss in annual GDP due to undernutrition

$11

return in economic benefits

Impact of COVID-19 on Malnutrition

As the COVID-19 crisis is rapidly spreading across the world with a heavy toll on human lives and livelihoods, the pandemic could have a devastating effect on millions of people who are already suffering from hunger and malnutrition. Malnutrition weakens the immune system, which could make affected-people more vulnerable to COVID-19. Projections from the International Labour Organizations indicate that as many as 305 million jobs could be lost as a result of the pandemic. And this does not include nearly 1.6 billion workers in the informal economy significantly impacted by the crisis: in Africa, wages for informal workers risk falling by more than 80%. With losses of income, nutritious foods - often more expensive - are the first to be cut out of family diets. This is especially worrisome for the poorest people, who often rely on daily wages from casual labor and have little to no savings.

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