Chronic malnutrition is one of the most common diseases affecting children globally, but the least known and therefore the most underfunded.
Children who receive inadequate nutrition, including essential micronutrients and vitamins, in the first 1,000 days of their lives become chronically malnourished. These children suffer severe irreversible consequences - a stunted growth, impaired brain development and a weaker immune system. They are unable to reach their full potential to do well in school, earn more as adults, and support the future economic development of their countries. With 144 million chronically malnourished children in the world - 1 in 5 children under the age of 5 – the burden of chronic malnutrition is staggering.
UNITLIFE leverages technology and innovative financing mechanisms to raise new resources to tackle this silent pandemic and works with partners on the ground who deliver practical and innovative preventive approaches at the intersection of nutrition, women empowerment and climate-smart agriculture.
UNITLIFE supports the internationally-agreed target to reduce the number of stunted children to 100 million by 2025, and contributes to 10 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, with a strong focus on Goal 2 to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture, Goal 5 to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls, and Goal 13 to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.