Save the Children Canada

Save the Children Canada

June 08, 2013 09:04 ET

Save the Children Welcomes Nutrition Breakthrough

Statement from Patricia Erb, President CEO Save the Children Canada

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - June 8, 2013) - Nutrition has been neglected for too long by world leaders. Today's announcement of commitments at the Nutrition for Growth event, which kicks off the 2013 UK G8 period, is a historic breakthrough.

Patricia Erb, Save the Children Canada President and CEO, said:

"This week, a study published in the Lancet medical journal showed that almost half of all preventable child deaths are attributable to malnutrition and it is the leading cause of child death globally. Despite this, until this week, nutrition has been a neglected topic marshalling less than 0.4% of global aid."

"Canada, an early leader in nutrition funding and donor accountability, has today continued its commitment to improving the nutrition and health of children in the global south. "

"If the substantial commitments made today by world leaders, business leaders and civil society are delivered, 2 million more lives will be saved."

"If we are to save the lives of these children, pledges must be delivered on quickly to ensure that programs on the ground can scale up now to help those who need it the most."

For more information or for an interview, broll, case studies and photos contact the undersigned.

For a copy of Save the Children's latest report on malnutrition and its impact on education outcomes and incomes, please visit:

Notes for Editors:

  • The UK and Brazilian governments are hosting a nutrition summit in London on 8th June to coincide with this year's G8.
  • Save the Children has undertaken new analysis to estimate the costs to the global economy of the reduced potential that results from children being malnourished. The analysis estimates that stunted children earn 20% less in later life than non-stunted children. This is a much more conservative estimate than the 66% used by the Copenhagen Consensus panel, which was based on the most robust available longitudinal study to investigate the economic impacts of stunting. Our estimate of a 20% reduction in earnings is in line with other previous estimates of the impact of malnutrition on wages.
  • Save the Children applies these estimated losses of income, on a country by country basis, to predicted per capita incomes. For all countries where data is available from the Euromonitor disposable income dataset, we have used this as an estimate of future earnings. Where income data is not available for countries, a proxy is created using the ratio of GNI per capita (working population - from the World Bank World Development Indicators) to disposable income for countries at the same income classification. We then calculate the lost earning potential for those children under 5 who are currently stunted. The results of this analysis suggest that by the time today's stunted children reach working age, they will cost the global economy $125bn overall

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