Nutrition

Nutrition

Malnutrition is a pervasive and neglected problem. A child dies from hunger-related diseases every 5 seconds, and over 45% of all child deaths globally can be attributed to malnutrition. In contrast, good nutrition builds human capital and boosts multigenerational prosperity. Good nutritional status is linked to improved school completion rates, higher household income, and ultimately a greater chance at escaping the cycle of poverty.


Although nutrition interventions have enormous potential to save lives and boost prosperity, nutrition has historically been a relatively low priority for country governments and donor organizations. Another challenge is that relatively little is known about what’s currently being spent on nutrition at the global and country level – and how much more money is needed. In order to mobilize additional nutrition funding, donors and governments need robust financial analyses, including the costs and potential financing scenarios for scaling up nutrition programs.


R4D is working to fill this knowledge gap. By analyzing nutrition financing at the global and country level, we are working to unlock additional funding for high-impact, evidence-based nutrition interventions that can save children’s lives around the world.

  • Globally, we are working in conjunction with the World Bank to develop the first estimates of the global costs and financing needed to meet the World Health Assembly’s nutrition targets. The ultimate goal of this work is to generate evidence to support advocacy efforts towards scaling up cost-effective, life-saving nutrition interventions.
  • At the country level, we are working with country governments in India, Ethiopia, and Nigeria to develop costing and financing estimates that can potentially mobilize additional funding for life-saving nutrition programs in these countries.

Nutrition Projects

How can nutrition programming be improved at the state level in India? R4D’s policy recommendations are based on documentation of State Nutrition...
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R4D is working with the Government of Ethiopia to track and analyze past and potential future levels of nutrition financing in Ethiopia.
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R4D and the World Bank have developed the first global estimates of the costs and financing needs to achieve four of the six World Health Assembly...
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R4D is conducting an analysis of current government nutrition financing in the state of Rajasthan, India and an assessment of the financial gap...
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Over the past two years, Nigeria has shown a renewed commitment to strengthening its health services, notably under the aegis of the Saving One...
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Under-nutrition, which accounts for one-third of all child deaths, is the single largest contributor to child mortality worldwide. It also costs the...
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Severe acute malnutrition (SAM), or extremely low weight-for-height, is estimated to affect 500,000-1,000,000 children under age five in Nigeria...
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With partner Micronutrient Initiative, R4D identified market-based strategies for scaling up access to affordable, effective treatment for...
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