Scaling up Nutrition

World Vision is actively engaged in the Scaling Up Nutrition movement globally and at the country level

As the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) emerged in 2000, many questions remained about how best to reduce maternal and child mortality. A comprehensive set of analyses published in The Lancet in 2003 provided information on key underlying causes. Of these, poor infant and young-child feeding practices were a cause of nearly 20 per cent of deaths in children under age five. Further, vitamin and mineral deficiencies contributed to seven per cent of under-five child mortality.

In 2008, in the midst of the global food crisis, a second, follow-up Lancet series came out that focused exclusively on the issue of maternal and child undernutrition. It found that at least 35 per cent of child mortality was due to malnutrition. A list of cost-effective, proven nutrition interventions also emerged that has since formed the backbone of much of the global response to malnutrition.

The Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) movement is a global advocacy effort to mobilise governments, institutions, communities and families to prioritise nutrition as central to national development and imperative for achieving the MDGs. More than 100 international organisations, including World Vision, have agreed to scale up nutrition in their country programmes, working closely with local partners to define context-specific needs and priorities. More than 25 countries have now joined the SUN movement. World Vision participates on two SUN global task forces and in many national SUN task forces.

As evidence of this commitment, World Vision has created the Nutrition Centre of Expertise with well-qualified staff to provide strong technical and capacity-building guidance throughout the partnership. In 2011, the leadership of World Vision announced that improving nutrition in children under five is now one of the four core child well-being targets for the entire organisation. World Vision will work through strengthening its existing programmes and advocating through its Child Health Now campaign for greater progress in malnutrition reduction at country level.

For more information about SUN and the 1,000 Days initiative, see the links below: