The Children's Investment Fund Foundation in London and the United Nations' World Food Programme have announced the launch of a $10 million effort to prevent stunting among children in Malawi, which has one of the highest rates of stunting in the world.
Funded by CIFF and supported by the government of Malawi and members of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) initiative, a cross-sector movement to help improve nutrition in participating countries, the project aims to reduce stunting by 5 percent to 10 percent in Malawi's central Ntchisi district. World Vision will serve as the project's lead NGO and will spearhead efforts to reach more than sixty thousand mothers and children over three and a half years and build evidence for best practices designed to address the problem. Food insecurity, poor diets, and repeated illness are among the causes of stunting among nearly half of Malawian children under the age of five.
According to CIFF and the World Food Programme, stunting prevention interventions have the greatest potential to make a difference in the lives of children between conception and the age of two. To be introduced in Mozambique later this year, the Malawi project involves thirteen core interventions, including the provision of complementary feeding, management of acute malnutrition, and safe hygiene practices.
CIFF was established in 2002 by Giving Pledge signatory Christopher Hohn and his wife, Jaime Cooper-Hohn, who serves as its chair.
"CIFF is pleased to join WFP, the government of Malawi, and SUN partners to promote the healthy growth of over sixty thousand children," said Michael Anderson, the foundation's chief executive. "We believe this is a great opportunity to achieve immediate results and to generate new evidence on ways to reduce stunting."