We fund projects which diagnose and treat children whose lives are in immediate danger because of severe hunger. The most serious form of hunger is called acute malnutrition, which causes millions of preventable child deaths each year. Whilst this feels daunting, the good news is that more than 70% of children treated are cured. Right now, only 1 in 5 children can get this treatment – but it doesn’t need to be this way.
As a result, the government of Mali changed its national treatment policy.Read about the project
Co-ordinated global action is the most effective way to do this. We belong to the No Wasted Lives coalition which works to help more kids survive severe acute malnutrition, doubling treatment rates by 2020. We also work closely with CORTASAM (Council Of Research & Technical Advice On Acute Malnutrition) to advise us on the best projects to fund.
Goal 1 projects we’re supporting right now:
Testing whether community health workers can diagnose and treat malnourished children close to home.
Helping train up mothers and caregivers to diagnose children with malnutrition so they can get the help they need.
Does a simplified, combined treatment for moderate and severe acute malnutrition work better than two separate treatment protocols?