World Vision calls on world leaders to fulfill their promises to tackle maternal and child under-nutrition at the 2012 United Nations General Assembly in New York.
World leaders are set to meet at the 67th United Nations General Assembly in New York to address a range of issues, including progress made towards halving extreme poverty by 2015. World Vision will be present to call on countries with a high burden of under-nutrition to demonstrate leadership by swiftly translating promises into improved health outcomes for children and their mothers.
Malnutrition continues to be the world’s most serious health problem and the single biggest contributor to child mortality. Under-nutrition is the underlying cause of 3.5 million preventable maternal and child deaths each year. It is also responsible for 35 per cent of the disease burden in children under 5-years-old.
World Vision and Save the Children will release a Nutrition Barometer report which examine the commitments taken to date by governments to address under-nutrition, and compares this with real outcomes for children and mothers.