THE BILL & MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION (BMGF)

In developing countries, the BMGF focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty working closely with multiple actors: governments, the United Nations, bilateral agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector. Guided by this will, the Foundation nutrition strategy aims to ensure that all women and children have the nutrition they need to live healthy and productive lives by:

  • investing in proven approaches to improve nutrition, such as focusing on the 1,000-day window, immediate and exclusive breastfeeding, complementary feeding, and food fortification and supplementation;
  • exploring new approaches, such as improving nutrition for women and adolescent girls, increasing advocacy and technical assistance, improving data systems, and strengthening food systems.

The long-term goals associated with this strategy are to prevent 1.8 million malnutrition-related deaths by 2020 and to develop and test new solutions to address the burden of malnutrition that cannot be alleviated using existing interventions.