Canadians are renowned for being too polite and too humble. While politeness may be an endearing quality, we need to start celebrating our accomplishments. Recently an independent think tank, Development Initiatives, singled Canada out as the world’s largest donor supporting basic nutrition. Over the last few years, CIDA has disbursed $104 million a year in support of global nutrition development assistance and committed millions more.
It is a savvy investment that is being applauded around the world – and should be here at home too.
Malnutrition is the underlying cause of 35 percent of all deaths among children under five. When children do survive, malnutrition in the early years of life can constrain potential as tightly as a straight jacket – leaving the young, and the adults they become, physically and intellectually weakened, more susceptible to disease or chronic illness and, in many cases, incapable of enjoying a rich full and productive life. If we don’t tackle malnutrition, all of our efforts in development are undermined, from health, to education, to economic development.
And the benefits of investing in nutrition have long-term ripple effects. The Brighton-based and influential Institute for Development Studies, has reported that eliminating under-nutrition in young children make those same children 33 percent more likely to escape poverty as adults. With health and increased earning power, the generational spiral of poverty, poor health and diminished potential can be reversed – having implications for individuals, families, communities and economies. Investing in nutrition can boost the GNP of countries and entire continents – Asia and Africa – by as much as 11 percent. More...
Some good news instead of the regular made up so called scandals.