I ask you to accelerate progress on global nutrition by co-sponsoring the Global Nutrition Resolution (H.Res.189/S.Res.260) and increasing global nutrition funding to $250 million in the fiscal year 2020 appropriations bill.
Almost half of all child deaths worldwide are linked to malnutrition. The children who survive remain at high risk of irreversible stunting, which affects their physical growth and brain development. For 151 million children under the age of 5, the majority in Central America, South Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa, stunting is a life sentence.
The bipartisan Global Nutrition Resolution recognizes the importance of continued U.S. leadership to accelerate global progress against maternal and child malnutrition. Progress has been made, thanks in part to strong U.S. leadership and a bipartisan commitment, but more needs to be done if we are going to eliminate malnutrition. This includes support for the USAID Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Strategy and increased efforts to scale up maternal and child nutrition.
An increase in global nutrition funding to $250 million could reach more than 10 million women and 7 million children with nutrition programs. Increasing access to nutritious food and vitamins, supporting breastfeeding, and ensuring safe drinking water and sanitation will enable more children to grow and reach their full potential.
My faith calls me to have compassion and stand alongside women and children around the world. I urge you to affirm our nation's commitment to, and investment in, efforts to advance global nutrition by co-sponsoring H.Res.189/S.Res.260 and increasing global nutrition funding to $250 million.
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