Posted by: APO | 30 June 2008

GAIN releases Annual Report 2006/2007


GAIN releases Annual Report 2006/2007

 

GAIN is currently supporting 19 large-scale market-based projects in 18 countries and implementing a range of innovative partnership projects to improve the nutrition and health of 600 million people. But fighting hunger and fulfilling the right to good nutrition must become a global campaign that is pursued with great vigour: “Many countries will fail to achieve the Millennium Development Goals by 2015,” says Jay Naidoo, chair of the Board of Directors.

Geneva, 30 June (GAIN) – The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition has, since its creation in 2002, provided more than US$ 40 million in funding and technical support, including US$ 28 million in grants to fortify basic staple foods in 19 large-scale projects in 18 countries, to improve the nutrition of millions of people. Its programs are on course to reach 600 million people when they are at full scale.

GAIN is making a difference: our efforts to fortify widely-used staple foods and condiments in collaboration with governments, the private sector and civil society are demonstrating their first return on investment,” says Executive Director Marc Van Ameringen.

For example, the Chinese Center for Disease Control reported reductions in wide-spread anemia in project areas by more than 30% following the introduction of fortified Soy Sauce in China. In South Africa, spina bifida in new-born babies was reduced by 40%, which means 400 lives saved a year, following the addition of folic acid to wheat flour and maize meal.

The annual report 2006/2007, entitled ‘Innovation in Nutrition’, especially highlights GAIN’s drive for innovation in the partnerships developed and the large-scale sustainable nutrition programs implemented with government, civil society and the private sector. New activities have been started to improve the nutrition of infant and young children, and to further promote salt iodization. But these efforts may become undone by rising food prices worldwide.

We have proven that new partnerships can define innovative programs that deliver better nutrition to millions of women and children who are vulnerable to malnutrition. The rise in global food prices over the past months threatens to undo our achievements, and we will therefore in the coming years work closely with governments and the private sector to protect those who are likely to suffer,” says Van Ameringen.

According to Jay Naidoo chair of GAIN board of Directors “Some countries are making progress, while others will surely fail to achieve the Millennium Development Goals by 2015. Especially now that rising food prices are set to increase malnutrition once again, the challenge is to get back on track and act now,” concludes Jay Naidoo.

Highlights of 2006-2007 year

  • GAIN is in sound financial shape. The total of GAIN funding support to 19 large-scale food fortification projects in 18 countries reaches US$ 5.2 million for the year. The estimate for the next fiscal year is that our expenditure on innovative nutrition programs such as salt iodization and infant and young child nutrition will increase our budget from US$ 13 million to US$ 22 million.
  • GAIN is a success story. Extensive research in our first two projects, now near completion, demonstrates that we are on track to decrease the prevalence of deficiencies by 30% or more. Our work in China has contributed to a drop of up to 38% in anemia among women and up to 54% among children. Our initiative in South Africa helped reduce spina bifida (a birth defect linked to folic acid deficiency) in four provinces by 40%, saving 400 lives a year. It highlights how a relatively cheap intervention has a major effect on public health.
  • GAIN is expanding with innovative nutrition programs such as salt iodization, infant and young child nutrition. Salt iodization still only reaches 70% of the world’s households. In partnership with UNICEF, GAIN aims to increase salt iodization in 13 priority countries. GAIN has also started to work on infant and young child nutrition, with an evidence-based approach that is firmly based on the WHO/UNICEF global strategy for infant and young child feeding, and aims to promote breastfeeding and stimulate the use of appropriate low-cost complementary foods.
  • GAIN is effective in fighting malnutrition among the most vulnerable. In 2007, GAIN and the Naandi Foundation started distribution of fortified meals to school children in 3 major Indian states. Nearly 1 children out of 2 suffers from undernutrition in India. Also, a project in partnership with the World Food Program and the Tamil Nadu State Aids Control Society to provide nutrient dense blended food to people living with HIV/AIDS in Tamil Nadu started as good nutrition is vital to control HIV/AIDS.  
  • GAIN is developing new business models. Danone along with the Grameen Bank and Nobel Peace Prize Mohammed Yunus, with GAIN expertise launched in Bangladesh Shoktidoi, an inexpensive and nutritious fortified yogurt for Bangladesh.
  • GAIN is highly recognized as the foundation was selected in 2007 by the Fast Company as one of the 50 most entrepreneurial and imaginative innovations to change the planet. 

 About GAIN

The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition is an alliance of governments, the United Nations, the private sector and civil society that fights malnutrition by mobilizing public-private partnerships. GAIN has set itself the target to improve the health and productivity of people and economies by delivering better nutrition to 500 million people at risk of malnutrition.


 


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