Church donates $5 million to UNICEF’s Global Malnutrition Program

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced a US$5 million donation to UNICEF’s new No Time to Waste global campaign against malnutrition. The contribution will help malnourished children aged five and under in up to 24 countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, the Middle East and the Philippines.

“We are pleased to support UNICEF’s efforts to help malnourished children, as this program closely aligns with the Church’s focus on early childhood nutrition,” said Bishop L. Todd Budge, Second Counselor of the Presiding Bishopric of The Church of Jesus Christ.

“The scale of this crisis requires actions that go beyond the immediate humanitarian response,” UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell said at a recent conference in Berlin. social protection systems that all children rely on – and that help communities and countries prevent and respond to future crises. Up to 41 million currently malnourished children could be reached in the first year of programming.

“This support represents another important step in our partnership, building on nine years of impact for children and investments in programs that save lives. Now is the time to act on child wasting, and together we won’t stop until all children are healthy,” said Michael J. Nyenhuis, President and CEO of UNICEF USA. .

The Church’s donation will include materials to aid in the prevention, detection and treatment of malnutrition, including waste, the most immediate, visible and deadly form of malnutrition.

“The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is pleased to expand its long-term collaboration with UNICEF and commit $5 million to support the No Time to Lose Against Malnutrition campaign. said Sharon Eubank, director of Church Humanitarian Services.

“This funding comes in small increments from hard-working families and widows who have limited incomes and small children themselves,” Eubank added. “It was given by Latter-day Saints so that mothers may have healthier pregnancies and births and may provide therapeutic foods and micronutrients to their children who may be at risk.”

Sister Eubank’s recorded remarks were shared in New York at a side event at the United Nations General Assembly held on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, along with other leaders from the nonprofit sectors and private sector committed to the fight to end the cycle of child malnutrition.

The contribution of the Church can benefit:

  • thousands of children with ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF), vitamin supplements, micronutrient fortification, early detection and associated treatment
  • thousands of women with nutritional counseling, weight gain monitoring, multiple micronutrient (MMS) supplements and related treatment
  • dozens of healthcare workers trained to treat uncomplicated wasting while dramatically reducing the financial burden on parents

UNICEF plans to work with ministries of health, local organizations and community health systems to implement the program and provide direct education, training and resources to families.

Other organizations participating with UNICEF in the global program to fight malnutrition are the Gates Foundation, the Children’s Investment Fund and the Eleanor Crook Foundation, together with local government funding. USAID will also increase the production of therapeutic foods.

The Church of Jesus Christ recently worked with UNICEF on its global response to COVID-19 and other initiatives.

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