ADVOCACY group, RESULTS International (Australia), is concerned that cuts to the Australian Aid Program will further limit progress in improving child nutrition and health. On World Food Day (Friday, October 16) they are calling on the government to commit more aid funds to nutrition.
Each year, malnutrition causes the deaths of three million children under five and stunts the growth of more than 160 million children.
A new report, shortly to be released by RESULTS International, will highlight the dramatic improvement in child nutrition and health in Vietnam from 1985 to 2013, when the childhood underweight rate dropped dramatically from 51.5% to 15.3%, and the child stunting rate halved from 50% to 25%.
“Vietnam has shown, that with the right policies, good support from donors and strong economic growth, a great impact can be made on child and maternal health and mortality,” RESULTS Australia CEO, Maree Nutt, said.
“Targeted programmes for maternal and child health and nutrition, and water and sanitation have also helped Vietnam reduce under-five mortality from 51 to 24 per 1000 live births between 1990 and 2013,” Ms Nutt added.
However, despite the success countries like Vietnam have had in improving child nutrition, RESULTS International Australia is concerned that budget cuts by donors will impact future progress in improving nutrition.
“We are very concerned that cuts in the Australian Aid Program are impacting many countries where nutrition remains a major issue and will affect generations to come,” Ms Nutt said.
To mark World Food Day, RESULTS International (Australia) and Save the Children will hold a briefing on the important issue of nutrition on Monday, October 19 at 6pm at Parliament House, Canberra. Under discussion will be the latest results of the recent Global Nutrition Report and the Australian Aid Program’s commitment to nutrition and health.
RESULTS International (Australia) is a movement of passionate, committed everyday people. Together we use our voices to influence political decisions that will bring an end to poverty. We advise and make requests of policy makers, guiding them towards decisions that improve access to health, education and economic opportunity to those who need it most.
RESULTS is an active member of the Australian Council for International Development and the Campaign for Australian Aid. We work with international RESULTS counterparts and is a partner of ACTION, a global health advocacy partnership.
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