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

Lao PDR Health Governance and Nutrition Development Project

Lao PDR has made steady and significant progress on key population health outcomes over the past few decades. Life expectancy has increased to almost 68 years in 2012, up from 49 years in 1980. The mortality rate for children under the age of five has also declined significantly over the same period: from 201 per 1,000 live births in 1980 to 71 in 2013. Notable progress has been made in improving maternal health, with maternal mortality decreasing from 1,600 per 100,000 live births in 1990 to 220 in 2013. The total fertility rate has also declined steadily from an estimated 6.0 births per woman in 1990 to 3.2 in 2013.
The gains in nutrition have been smaller. In Lao PDR, 44 per cent of children under five years of age (around 417,000) are stunted (low height for age), 27 per cent are underweight and 6 per cent are wasted (low weight for height).
Given this background, on Tuesday June 23, the World Bank Board of Directors is considering the Lao PDR Health Governance and Nutrition Development Project. The project involves a total World Bank grant and credit of $26.4 million.

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SM15 Preview: Future of Food

Future of Food: A Conversation with Jim Yong Kim & David Chang

Date: Thursday, April 16, 2015
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | 15:00 – 16:30 GMT or convert time)
Location: WBG Headquarters, Atrium & Online

  Join the conversation with @worldbanklive & #Food4All and follow @momofuku, @themadfeed, @chygovera, @Gastromotiva

People have different ideas about what the future of food will look like, but everyone can agree on what it should deliver: a food system that can feed everyone, every day, everywhere.

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SM15 Preview: The Power of Nutrition

Date: Thursday, April 16, 2015
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. | 13:30 – 14:30 GMT or convert time)
Location: World Bank Headquarters, Preston Auditorium & Online

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The Power of Nutrition is a new innovative financing facility dedicated to unlocking up to $1 billion of new private and public financing to improve child nutrition.

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