World leaders pledge US$1 billion to transform health and nutrition of world’s poorest women, children and adolescents

– Ten new investors—Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Denmark, the European Commission, World Bank buildingGermany, Japan, Laerdal Global Health, the Netherlands, Qatar and an anonymous donor—have joined since the launch of the Global Financing Facility replenishment. They join existing funders the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Canada, MSD for Mothers, Norway, and the United Kingdom to fund the GFF to improve the health and nutrition of women, children and adolescents.

– US$1 billion pledged to the GFF Trust Fund in Oslo today is expected to link to an additional US$7.5 billion in IDA/IBRD resources for women, children and adolescents’ health and nutrition.

– Burkina Faso reaffirmed its commitment to allocating at least 15% of its annual budget to improve health; Côte d’Ivoire committed to increasing its health budget 15% annually; and Nigeria recommitted to investing US$150 million per year from its budget to sustainably finance health and nutrition of women, children and adolescents.

– US$1 billion will help the GFF partnership on the pathway toward expanding to as many as 50 countries with the greatest needs, to transform how health and nutrition are financed. Alongside other global health initiatives, this can contribute to saving and improving millions of lives by 2030.

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eC2: Child Health Nutrition in four provinces of Lao PDR between August and mid-January 2019

Deadline: 30-Aug-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)power-nutrition

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Firm/Consortium to conduct a formative research on WASH in 4 provinces of Lao PDR Xiengkhouang, Houaphan, Phongsaly and Oudomxay. Eligible firms kindly submit their required documents through provided link no later than August 31, 2018.

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eC2: Support for Data Science Training and Consulting in Health, Nutrition and Population

Deadline: 09-Apr-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) medical-appointment-doctor-healthcare-clinic-health-hospital-medicine[7]

Objective:   There is equally a global consensus that countries will not achieve our UHC goals with the present trajectory. The scale of unmet country needs is daunting. On the present course, health financing is inadequate, confined to traditional sources and overly reliant on out-of-pocket spending, decision support is limited, financing and services are fragmented, implementation capacity and coverage are slow and inadequate, innovations painstakingly slow and small-scale. What is needed, is a step-change in both the financing and delivery of UHC. This means improving the efficiency of decision making and delivery and seizing on and scaling-up innovations.

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In Senegal, a New Approach to Nutrition Drops Childhood Stunting

Ndeye Ngom is a first-time mother in Senegal’s Fatick region, 150 kilometers southeast of scale-1000x1000Dakar, the capital city of Senegal. And like any parent, upon hearing the news that her daughter, 9-month-old Khady Faye, was underweight, Ndeye grew immediately worried. “I panicked when they told me the baby is malnourished,” Ndeye remembers. “This is not a disease we know.”

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In Senegal, a New Approach to Nutrition Drops Childhood Stunting

Ndeye Ngom is a first-time mother in Senegal’s Fatick region, 150 kilometers southeast of Dakar, the capital city of Senegal. And like any parent, upon hearing the news that her daughter, 9-month-old Khady Faye, was underweight, Ndeye grew immediately worried. “I panicked when they told me the baby is malnourished,” Ndeye remembers. “This is not a disease we know.”

Ndeye’s concern for her daughter was not unfounded. Childhood stunting, an overarching measure of long-term malnutrition, has life-long consequences: It can reduce cognitive abilities, limit school attainment, decrease adult wages, and make children less likely to escape poverty as adults.

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Online: Saturday Highlighted! Spring Meeting Events.

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State of the Africa Region

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Date: Saturday, April 22nd, 2017
Time: 10 am – 11:30 am ET/ 14:00 – 15:30 GMT
Location: JB-1080, World Bank

Spotlight on Nutrition: Unlocking Human Potential and Economic Growth

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Date: Saturday, April 22nd, 2017
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm ET / 16:00 – 17:15 GMT
Location: MC Atrium, World Bank

Future of Food: Why Healthy, Safe and Sustainable Food is a Basic Necessity

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Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (ET) / 18:00 – 19:30 (GMT) or convert time
Location: Preston Auditorium, World Bank Group HQ & Online

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eConsultant2: Texting for Nutrition: Impact evaluation

Deadline: 04-Mar-2016 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

The Texting for Nutrition is an innovative intervention that uses mobile technology to Rajasthandisseminate tailored messages to promote good nutrition practices among parents in rural and urban mostly poor households in Chimborazo, Ecuador. Caregivers of children between the ages of 0-3 registered for the program in the last quarter of 2014. Throughout 2015, registered caregivers received text messages sharing new information and encouraging behavior change along several key areas.

The Texting for Nutrition project is currently on-going and set to conclude in March 2016. The impact evaluation will estimate the effects of the Texting for Nutrition program on (i) knowledge of good health and nutrition practices, (ii) influencing parental behavior (iii) social customs & descriptive norms towards health/nutrition practices for their children and (iv) the nutritional status of the children.

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Tackling Childhood Nutrition with the Help of Social Enterprises

World Bank Posted: February 4, 2016

Children are served hot food at the local Angawadi center. RMF works to ensure mothers are aware their children can access government services like these centers.

When Deepali Sharma arrived at Jivendra Mavde’s village in Madhya Pradesh, India two DSC00085_sized.jpgyears ago, Jivendra was severely malnourished. At just over a year-old, his body was nothing more than skin and bones: his skin hung from his arms and legs as if it were baggy clothing. His inviting eyes were the only part of his body that showed energy, movement, and life.

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IFC investment in Dutch Africa Improved Foods (Holding) (AIFH) in Rwanda

On July 7, 2015, the IFC and the AIFH have AIFHsigned an agreement for a $21.5 million loan and $4.5 million equity investment by IFC in AIFH. This loan comes with support from the Dutch-funded Global Agriculture Food Security Program (GAFSP), and is intended for the construction and operation of a 45,000 tons per year processing plant in Rwanda for fortified cereals to treat child malnutrition. Continue reading