Vitamin A deficiency is the leading cause of preventable childhood blindness and increases the risk of mortality from common childhood illnesses, such as measles and diarrhoea.
The opportunity to engage with countries to understand the major obstacles they are facing in scaling up nutrition. The opportunity to build out our capabilities and strengthen our organization. And the opportunity to deepen our regional engagement and connect it more intentionally with national action.
This is a critical time. The world is facing many competing crises that risk diluting focus on the foundational importance of nutrition, and donor and country budgets are under heavy pressure. In recent years, there has been a strong emphasis on narratives about food, food security, starvation, hunger and treatment that have overshadowed the importance of nutrition, nutrition security and prevention. All of these are equally important, and yet we have lost focus on the most impactful pieces – on the evidence-based, low-cost, high-impact interventions that do the greatest good.