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  • Reply to: Tim Evans: Global Financing Facility to Advance Women’s and Children’s Health   1 month 3 weeks ago

    It is refreshing to learn of the crucial innovation in health finance that prevailed at the UN this week. I hope that the topic of health governance over this incredible amount of resources and aid will also become a critical element of this program--especially since the Government of Norway is involved and they have a very strong committment to global health governance. Some corporate governance accountability standards from the private sector can also help with efficiency and effectiveness in financial governance for health and should be considered through econometric modeling that has been highlighted at the ABCDE Conference at the World Bank in 2014. Statistical and health economic evidence of the benefits of governance and ensuring that these resources truly reach the very poor are necessary to eradicate poverty and to meet the goals of the 2030 objectives in health finance.

  • Reply to: Stunted Children, Stunted Economies: African Leaders Pledge Action on Nutrition   2 months 2 weeks ago

    thanks meera for the excellent information on the world bank. the initiativies taken by the world bank as well as the African Nations is laudable. It is time for the indian Government as well to tackle this problem in India. Nearly half of the child population in India are malnourished and the steps taken are not sufficient and more steps need to be taken by the Indian government also to tackle this problem and act early to prevent the devastating affects of malnutrition on the future generations.

  • Reply to: Stunted Children, Stunted Economies: African Leaders Pledge Action on Nutrition   3 months 1 week ago
    Thanks Enabu. It is wonderful to see the high level commitment in Uganda and several other Countries. The world bank team stands is working closely with the country teams to help translate this political commitment in to action at scale so we can achieve the dream of a world free of poverty and malnutrition. We depend on the technical expertise in the countries and work hard to build this capacity so the programs can be designed in-country by local experts, owned by them and implemented by them. The Uganda Nutrition Action Plan is an excellent example of this collaboration. We look forward to the partnership in implementing it and monitoring and documenting results on the ground. 
  • Reply to: Stunted Children, Stunted Economies: African Leaders Pledge Action on Nutrition   3 months 2 weeks ago

    Thanks for the commitment of Political leaders towards the fight against malnutrition. It is now the tasks of technical officers to be fully involved in the implementation at all levels in the community. In Uganda, the Uganda Nutrition Action Plan is being implemented at Local Governments by the District and Subcounty Nutrition Coordination Committes.

  • Reply to: Stunted Children, Stunted Economies: African Leaders Pledge Action on Nutrition   3 months 2 weeks ago

    Thaks Meera for sharing this blog on a critical challenge that requires priority attention to support human capital accumulation in countries. We need to realize that stunted children are not only physically impaired but more importantly they suffer cognitive impairments the rest of their lives. And that while nutrition-related interventions do help, we need to keep in mind that we should tackle undernutrition via different entry points to generate a combined impact: from facilitating access to safe water to prevent gastrointestinal infections that impair the absorption of nutrients, breastfeeding promotion to strengthen the immune systems of the baby, vaccines and deworming measures, hygienic practices, to basic sanitation practices, including latrine construction and promotion about their use to prevent open defecation in a community. The latter is indeed a critical investment to secure good nutrition for two reasons as shown by recent research. The first and most commonly recognized mechanism is diarrhea from digesting feces. The second, which is only recently becoming understood, is a disorder of the intestine caused by continued fecal exposure. This condition called chronic environmental enteropathy prevents absorption of nutrients, even without the child getting diarrhea and appearing ill. (Checkley et al. 2008 and Humphrey 2009).