Because of efforts from advocates like you, both the House and the Senate passed H.Res.189 / S.Res.260, a Congressional Resolution that outlines the importance of the United States leadership to accelerate global progress against maternal and child malnutrition. Your letters to and meetings with Congressional Offices helped raise awareness on the continuing need for the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) to provide improved and clear methods to track nutrition and food outcomes around the world.
Introduced by Rep. Roger Marshall (R-KS) and Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA), the House agreed to H.Res.189 in March 2020 with 153 bipartisan cosponsors—more than 1/3 of all House Members! On the Senate side, Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Chris Coons (D-DE) ushered S.Res.260 to passage in January 2020 with 40 additional cosponsors. Their press release recognized the support of UNICEF advocates in championing the resolution.
The first 1,000 days from the start of a woman’s pregnancy to a child’s second birthday offer a window of opportunity for preventing undernutrition and its consequences. Yet malnutrition contributes to 45 percent of all deaths – about 2.6 million annually – of children under the age 5. Malnutrition impairs brain development and weakens a child's immune system, leaving them more vulnerable to serious disease.
UNICEF believes every child has the right to be healthy and productive. Well-nourished children are better able to grow and learn, to participate in their communities and to be resilient in the face of disease or disaster.
Top photo: Beneficiaries of a UNICEF-supported nutrition program in Bavalkanthiya Village, Khedbrahma, Sabarkantha, Gujarat, India. © UNICEF/UNI364731/Panjwani