New report finds UK aid has surpassed goal of reaching 50 million through nutrition programmes

Concern's Abida Suldana carries out screening for malnutrition Moynadhona refugee camp for Rohingya in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh
Concern's Abida Suldana carries out screening for malnutrition Moynadhona refugee camp for Rohingya in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh

Today’s report by the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) reveals that the UK government has achieved its goal of reaching 50 million women and girls by 2020 through effective nutrition programmes.  

The report also advises that more can be done to reach the most vulnerable people in hard-to-reach communities. In response, Concern’s Executive Director, Danny Harvey, said: 

“It is encouraging to see the successful impact of UK aid nutrition programmes. Good nutrition is essential for human survival and is one of the most effective investments for development.  

This is a significant achievement and demonstrates why the UK government must continue to invest in proven interventions, such as preventing and treating malnutrition, supporting breastfeeding and improving access to quality nutritious foods. 

Tragically, the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on hunger are expected to result in 10,000 more child deaths each month. Better targeting of services for treatment and prevention of malnutrition is urgently needed to protect the world’s poorest people from hunger and malnutrition in the coming months. 

The UK government’s existing global nutrition commitments will expire at the end of 2020. It is imperative that the new Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office makes a renewed commitment by pledging a minimum of £600 million between 2021 and 2025 on nutrition specific programmes, and secures its position as a global leader for action on nutrition.” 

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