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Closing the gap on safety nets, health and nutrition

Julia Ross's picture

At the 2012 World Bank Spring Meetings this weekend, government ministers, civil society representatives, policymakers and journalists are talking about how to “Close the Gap” for global inequality.

This call to action includes expanding social safety nets, which are linked to better maternal and child health outcomes; accelerating progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); scaling up good sanitation policies; and reversing childhood stunting and malnutrition, particularly in crisis-hit regions.

If you’re late to the discussion, check out these webcasts, liveblogs, videos, stories and other content related to safety nets, health and nutrition:

Child Nutrition: Watch a video interview with UNICEF’s Anthony Lake, who discusses childhood undernutrition, stunting and the impacts of drought in the Sahel.

Safety Nets:  Cash transfers linked to health clinic attendance, school feeding programs, and vitamin supplements for pregnant women have improved maternal and child health in many middle- and low-income countries. Two new videos illustrate this link, profiling a woman in Niger and two young girls in Ethiopia and Brazil.

Learn more about safety nets and health: read a feature story or blog; watch the Bank’s “Safety Nets Work” event webcast; or check out a safety nets infographic.

Global Monitoring Report 2012: This year’s GMR, released April 20, addresses the link between food prices and slow progress on the MDGs for nutrition and hunger. The report also warns that South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa are lagging in efforts to reduce child and maternal mortality. Read a feature story, press release, blog or the full report.

Water and Sanitation: Watch a webcast and live blog of a discussion held by high-level policymakers on progress toward the sanitation Millennium Development Goal (MDG), and the link between sanitation and health.

Road Safety:  Read a story about a Bank-UN partnership to reduce 1.3 million traffic deaths each year.