Wardah Awad, 25 years old, with her child Gosson Ibrahim, aged 1 year and a half
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Tell the Government of Canada to fight the global malnutrition crisis.

I urge the Government of Canada to build on its past leadership by making a bold new pledge at the 2021 Nutrition for Growth Summit, including a commitment to child survival and the prevention, early detection and treatment of malnutrition and wasting.

 

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Support the Global Fight Against Malnutrition

The growing malnutrition crisis is a once-in-a generation threat that has reversed decades of progress. And yet it rarely makes the news. Around the world, the COVID-19 pandemic, conflict and climate change are threatening access to healthy food and nutrition services for the world’s most marginalized populations, including women, girls and young children. The disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women and girls also demonstrates that nutrition needs to be treated as a human right and a gender equality issue.

By 2022, it is feared that the number of acutely malnourished children could rise by as much as 13.6 million and the number of women suffering with anemia by 4.8 million. In its most life-threatening form, malnutrition is known as wasting — and children in their first two years of life are the most likely to suffer from it.

The UN has warned that — without immediate action — we could see famines of disastrous proportions. 

Life-saving treatment exists — and you can help to make sure that it reaches those who need it the most.

The good news is that there is a solution — but we need your help to make an impact 

We are asking you to stand in solidarity with Canadian civil society, international organizations, nonprofits, and activists, to call for strong, immediate action from Canada.

From December 7 to 8, 2021, The Government of Canada will be at the Nutrition for Growth Summit – a historic opportunity to drive greater action towards ending malnutrition and ensure everyone, everywhere can reach their full potential.

We need your help to advocate that the Government of Canada make a bold new pledge to fight malnutrition and wasting which disproportionately harms women and children the most.

An increase in funding from Canada and other global leaders will enable life-saving nutrition programming to reach vulnerable populations who don’t currently have access to nutritious food and nutrition services.

The time to act is now

If left unaddressed, global malnutrition and mortality rates will continue to rise — for years after the COVID-19 pandemic is declared “over.” Achieving gender equality will also not be possible as long as women and girls continue to suffer from malnutrition at a higher rate than men and boys.

Please stand with us and send your message now to the Minister of International Development asking them to build on Canada’s leadership by making nutrition a priority in its international development agenda — and making a bold new pledge at the 2021 Nutrition for Growth Summit.

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