Standing Together for Nutrition

Standing Together for Nutrition (ST4N) is a multidisciplinary consortium of 35 nutrition, economics, food, and health system experts working to address the scale and reach of COVID-related nutrition challenges. Together, this unique collaboration has published their conclusions in leading journals such as The Lancet and Nature Food.  ST4N is hosted by the Micronutrient Forum.

Standing Together for Nutrition is currently focused on two areas: 

COVID-19's Impact on
Global Malnutrition

Nutrition must be part of COVID-19  recovery and mitigation.

Mitigating the Impacts of the Ukraine Crisis on Global Malnutrition

The global community must respond to the impact of the Ukraine crisis on food access.

Mitigating the Impacts of the Ukraine Crisis on Global Malnutrition

Impact of the Ukraine Crisis on Global Malnutrition: A Joint Statement in Nature from ST4N and Global Nutrition Leaders

ST4N experts with partners published a joint statement in the science journal Nature on the impact of the war in Ukraine on global malnutrition. This Call to Action highlights the potential ways the nutritional status and health of women and children are affected from the unprecedented global rise in food, fuel, and fertilizer prices.

The statement also urges international leaders, donors, and national governments to take action and scale up critical nutrition investments and actions to prevent even greater harm to a generation of children already weakened by the COVID-19 pandemic, climate events, and other conflicts.

Press Release

The war against Ukraine and the global pandemic are creating a global health and nutrition crisis for millions of women and children.

Governments must act to prioritize essential nutrition services in addition to food aid.

Nutrition Under Siege, Again.

Blog by Executive Director, Saskia Osendarp

Nutrition Under Siege, Again.

The war in Ukraine threatens mothers and children globally.
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Responding to the Effects of COVID-19 on Global Malnutrition

Inspired by the unprecedented scope and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Standing Together for Nutrition Consortium (ST4N) brought together global experts in food systems, nutrition, health systems, and economics to quantify the scale of the problems, particularly in Low- and-Middle- Income (LMIC) countries.

In addition to the health crisis, the secondary effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have triggered three interrelated crises: a food crisis, a health crisis, and an economic crisis, particularly for the poor and vulnerable, impairing their health and earning potential.

Women and children are going hungry.

Women and children are the most affected by malnutrition – and that increases their vulnerability to disease and risk of death. Therefore, ST4N modeled the impact of the pandemic on malnutrition among these vulnerable populations in 118 low and middle-income countries.

Not only has COVID-19 exacerbated existing inequalities for women, but it has caused a cascade of events that impacted women disproportionately (inequalities in access to health care, less access to healthy food, increased pressure for early marriages, etc.).

The pandemic threatens to reverse the progress achieved in nutrition and health over the past decade.

The Consortium’s findings estimate that by 2022, there will be an estimated 4.8 million additional women with maternal anemia, an additional 13.6 million wasted children under the age of 5, and 3.6 million stunted children, thus, negatively impacting their brain development, growth, and earning potential. These high rates of malnutrition can impair immune response.

Considering these children’s weakened immune systems, our research also projects as many as 283,00 additional malnutrition-related deaths in children under 5 over 3 years.  That is sadly equivalent to over 250 children dying per day.

Longer-term, these additional child malnutrition cases are estimated to lead to an additional $44 BILLION in future economic productivity losses.

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