TORONTO, June 8, 2013 /CNW/ - UNICEF welcomes the Government of Canada's
commitment today to the Scaling Up Nutrition Initiative which will save
vulnerable children's lives in 20 African countries through critical
and cost effective nutrition and health services.
The funding of $29 million was announced by the Honourable Julian
Fantino, Minister of International Cooperation at the Nutrition for
Growth meeting in London England as part of the lead-up to this month's
G-8 Leaders' Summit.
"Funding for nutrition is critical to ending preventable child deaths
and reaching children no matter how far," says UNICEF Canada's
President and CEO David Morley. "Canada has been a global leader in
addressing challenges of malnutrition and we are pleased to see the
Government reaffirm this commitment with the funding announced today."
UNICEF's Scaling up Nutrition initiative will support 20 countries in
sub-Saharan Africa deliver a package of high impact child survival
interventions such as vitamin supplementation to the most vulnerable
and hard to reach children under 5 years old. The initiative will also
support governments to integrate life-saving nutrition programs into
policies and budgets to ensure the initiative is sustainable in the
Globally over 165 million children under the age of five are stunted as
a result of malnutrition causing irreversible impacts on growth and
brain development. Stunting drags down a child's performance at school
and their future earning potential. Stunted children are also at a
higher risk of dying from infectious diseases than other children.
UNICEF also welcomes additional funding announced today of $6.4 million
for UNICEF and the WHO for the establishment of a National Nutrition
Surveillance System in Afghanistan.
The Government of Canada's funding announcement is part of new
commitments from governments, the private sector and specialized
agencies made during today's meeting in London to tackle
under-nutrition in some of the world's poorest countries, enabling
children, their communities and countries to prosper.
About UNICEF Canada
UNICEF has saved more children's lives than any other humanitarian
organization. We work tirelessly to help children and their families,
doing whatever it takes to ensure children survive. We provide children
with healthcare and immunization, clean water, nutrition and food
security, education, emergency relief and more.
UNICEF Canada is a Canadian non-governmental organization established
more than 50 years ago. We are one of 36 National Committees around the
world who play a vital role in generating fundraising revenue, public
support and awareness for UNICEF's work and we are also advocates for
the protection and realization of children's rights.
UNICEF is supported entirely by voluntary donations and helps children
regardless of race, religion or politics. As part of the UN, we are
active in over 190 countries - more than any other organization. Our
determination and our reach are unparalleled. Because nowhere is too
far to go to help a child survive.
SOURCE: UNICEF Canada
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