The European Commission has announced plans to boost efforts to tackle malnutrition as a key part of its future development aid strategy.
Responding to the proposals, Eloise Todd, Brussels Director of ONE said:
“It is absurd and shocking that millions of children, particularly in Africa, still suffer throughout their lives because of stunting caused by under-nutrition during their mother’s pregnancy or early in life. We welcome the European Commission’s renewed commitment today to tackle this avoidable but under-reported problem.
“The Commission has said it will align this work with partner countries’ national plans; that’s good news. Supporting locally-developed solutions for tackling maternal and child malnutrition is the right approach and one we hope will be adopted by the G8 countries later this year.
“The proposals announced today also include new methods for tracking investments and measuring the results of nutrition projects. This is crucial to ensuring money is well targeted and well spent – and also something that other countries should look to copy.”
Notes to editors:
- The new European Commission nutrition proposals can be downloaded here: http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/documents/enhancing_maternal-child_nutrition_in_external_assistance_en.pdf
- Stunting is defined as low height for age; under-nutrition can be a primary cause.
ONE is a global advocacy and campaigning organisation backed by more than 3 million people from around the world dedicated to fighting extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. For more information please visit www.ONE.org
For further information or to arrange an interview with Eloise Todd please contact Dudley Curtis on +32 485 379945 or [email protected]