10 August 2012 - As global leaders gather in London on the last day of the Olympics to discuss how to make lasting improvements to child nutrition between London 2012 and Rio 2016, Action Against Hunger calls for further investments and improved transparency in aid for nutrition and for wasting to be considered a top priority.
Action Against Hunger’s Director of Operations, Mariana Merelo Lobo, says: “We warmly welcome the Global Hunger Event as it presents a unique opportunity to secure increased political commitment and action to tackle undernutrition. This event is a positive step forward to ensuring that children have a better chance of surviving the devastating impacts of malnutrition.
“Political commitments to treat and prevent malnutrition are not reaching those most in need around the world. There is an urgent need for governments to improve their accountability and transparency by implementing better reporting systems for aid spending in nutrition. Governments must fully disclose how much is being spent and on what, so as to be fully accountable to their own taxpayers and to the people in the countries they are assisting.
“Action Against Hunger’s recent Aid For Nutrition report demonstrates that currently, investment to tackle child malnutrition is not adequate enough to reach all malnourished children, at all times, where needs are greatest. It also challenges the current inadequacies of reporting on nutrition aid spending. Our report offers donors and governments with solutions to what, when and how aid for nutrition needs to be invested, so that severe malnutrition needs are overcome for once and for all. It also highlights the inadequacies of current reporting on nutrition aid spending and demonstrates that currently just a fraction of the funding that is needed to end child malnutrition is being invested in the interventions that are known to be effective.
“Action Against Hunger also has some deep concerns on the narrow focus of the Global Hunger Event. Whilst the new global target to reduce stunting by 70 million by 2025 is indeed vital, we believe that wasting should also be a top global priority. Wasting is a leading cause of child mortality and actions to tackle stunting do not necessarily reduce mortality rates. As a matter of urgency, the diagnosis and treatment of wasting needs to be scaled up in the worst affected countries.
“Action Against Hunger believes that it is fundamental that the people most in need receive the right treatment, in the right place, at the right time. Hopefully the Global Hunger Event will be the catalyst we need to ensure this happens and London 2012 truly will leave a lasting legacy for millions around the world.”
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