The consequences of early childhood malnutrition are devastating and permanent, but they are also entirely preventable. RESULTS works to secure smart, sustainable investments in nutrition and nutrition policy that help break the cycle of poverty.
This week there has been exciting progress on our global nutrition priorities! The Global Malnutrition Prevention and Treatment Act was passed out of the Senate Foreign Relations committee (SFRC). And Administrator Samantha Power made a historic announcement that USAID will give $200 million to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to purchase and distribute ready to use therapeutic food (RUTF).
This week the House of Representatives’ Appropriations Committee marked up their fiscal year (FY) 2023 State and Foreign Operations subcommittee (SFOPS) spending bill. This legislation authorizes funding for U.S. foreign assistance programs through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the State Department. The bill increases global health assistance 12 percent over the FY 2022 level. Overall the bill provides modest annual increases for most of the accounts that RESULTS tracks. Excitingly, the House matched our level of ambition on the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria by proposing a funding level of $2 billion for FY23 as the first installment of a three-year pledge of $6 billion.
Last week the Senate passed a $40 billion emergency supplemental funding package to address the war in Ukraine and the ripple effects around the world. The package includes $5.8 billion for humanitarian efforts, including emergency food aid. But there is still work to be done to combat malnutrition.
For months, we have been asking our members of Congress to co-sponsor the Global Malnutrition Prevention and Treatment Act. And our advocacy is paying off! After receiving more than 100 bipartisan co-sponsors, the House of Representatives passed the bill last week. This is a promising signal of U.S. commitment to ending preventable child deaths caused by malnutrition. But our work is not done—we also need to make sure this bill passes in the Senate!
The July Together Women Rise Advocacy Chapter webinar was a celebration of Advocacy Month, as well as progress on S. 2956, The Global Malnutrition and Prevention Act, which has now passed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. You can find the recording and the slides here.
On our June Together Women Rise Advocacy Chapter webinar, we continued to take action on S. 2956, The Global Malnutrition and Prevention Act, you can watch the recording here as well as view the slides here.
Senator Wicker (R- MS) : “Malnutrition is one of the world’s greatest burdens on public health. It affects millions of people per year, especially pregnant women and children under five.”
Join us in taking action to end malnutrition – contact your Senators to sponsor S. 2956, the Global Malnutrition Prevention and Treatment Act
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