First Action Against Stunting Day
We are introducing Action Against Stunting Day on 8 September 2021. This day promoted interventions that will help raise awareness about stunting and give children the building blocks they need for a brighter future.
There are global targets in place to reduce stunting, but current efforts are failing, and the goals are unlikely to be met. Instead, constraints in accessing nutritious diets and essential nutrition services during the Covid-19 pandemic are likely to lead to a substantial increase in children who are stunted. The full indirect impact of the pandemic on stunting will possibly take years to manifest itself.
Every child should have the opportunity to reach their full potential. That is why the first Action Against Stunting Day aspires to 1) raise awareness about stunting and the effects it has on people and communities, 2) deliver the latest-evidence based approaches to malnutrition and 3) launch a set of commitments among change agents around the world, specifically in the worst affected countries.
On 8 September 2021, we brought together policymakers, donors and academics in our inaugural Action Against Stunting Day event. Together, these key actors are committed to promoting research and interventions to reduce stunting by 2025.
Keynote presentations from Dr Lawrence Haddad (Executive Director, GAIN), Dr Gunhild Stordalen (Founder and President of EAT Foundation), Dr Francesco Branca (Director, Department of Nutrition and Food Safety), Dr Simon Bishop (CEO, Power of Nutrition) and a roundtable discussion with a large group of experts.
TO know more about the day, visit www.actionagainststuntingday.org
When: 8 September, 2021 - 10:00 am