21 November 2016
Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) with DSM and Herbalife
GAIN’s programs improve young child feeding practices and bolster the nutritional status of infants and young children. GAIN supports exclusive breastfeeding for six months and the development of nutritious complementary food and food supplements for infants older than six months, in addition to continued breastfeeding for 2 years and beyond.
Millennium Development Goal 5: To improve maternal health-GAIN’s work contributes to healthy motherhood and better prospects for babies by improving the micronutrient status of girls, adolescents and women. Under-nourished, anemic women are at severe risk of death and illness when they have children, and are likely to have babies with low birth weight.
Millennium Development Goal 6: To combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases-GAIN has supported small scale projects to provide nutrient dense meals to people living with HIV. In 2009 GAIN initiated a broader program on nutrition and infectious diseases.
GAIN enhances its current commitment to Every Woman Every Child by expanding its programs in Bangladesh to fight malnutrition through innovative and sustainable market-based models that can bring impact at scale. An estimated 125 million people, specifically vulnerable women and children, will benefit through GAIN-supported programs.
GAIN’s commitment to Every Woman Every Child is the launch of its Future Fortified campaign – which seeks to help millions of women and children around the world gain access to the essential nutrients they need to lead healthy and enriched lives. GAIN’s Future Fortified campaign seeks to increase sustainable access to essential nutrients for 50 million pregnant and lactating women and children through innovative, market-based approaches by 2015, helping ensure women are well nourished for a safe and healthy pregnancy and children get the nutrients they need for proper physical and mental growth. In response to the emergency in the Horn of Africa, GAIN and its partners, DSM and Herbalife, have committed to jointly provide 20 million packets of micronutrient powders to reach 400,000 women and children in Ethiopia over a 6 month period to address their critical nutrient gap and support long term health and development. Further, The Goldsmith Foundation and GAIN have contributed vitamin and mineral Premix to fortify 15 million servings of food assistance to reach up to 300,000 people in partnership with the World Food Programme.