The Hunger Project is proud to announce that we’ve joined the BabyWASH Coalition! The BabyWASH Coalition is a new group of organizations focused on increasing integration between water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), early childhood development, nutrition, and maternal, newborn and child health programming, policy-making and funding. BabyWASH aims to improve child well-being in the first 1,000 days of a child’s life by promoting an integrated approach to health.
Currently, 156 million children under 5 have stunted growth, a hallmark of malnutrition and hunger. Much of childhood malnutrition is caused by a lack of access to clean water and appropriate sanitation and hygiene, and an integrated approach to incorporating WASH with maternal, newborn and child health programs could significantly improve outcomes. In fact, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) emphasize integration across sectors to achieve better development results.
However, organizations may face funding, policy, and other barriers that make it difficult to integrate work across sectors such as WASH and child health. BabyWASH aims to address these challenges by providing program guidance, breaking down policy and other barriers for integration, and assisting in measuring and evaluating the results of integrated efforts.
For over 40 years, The Hunger Project has emphasized a need for holistic, innovative and sustainable solutions to development that focuses on empowering women and their communities. We are thrilled to be a member of the BabyWASH Coalition. We’re particularly excited to work with and learn from our coalition partners to integrate our programs and tackle hunger and poverty from the very beginning.
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