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Launch of the 2013 Lancet Series on Maternal and Child Nutrition

On June 6th, The Lancet will publish a series of five papers featuring new data and policy recommendations on global nutrition. The papers are a follow-up to the Lancet’s landmark 2008 Series, which helped put nutrition on the global health and development agenda and identified the 1,000 days of a mother’s pregnancy until her child’s second birthday as the priority window for impact.

The new Lancet series examines the current and expected extent of maternal and child undernutrition and obesity, and the interventions that are appropriate for low- and middle-income countries. The Series will appear ahead of the “Nutrition for Growth: Beating hunger through business and science” pre-G8 meeting, convened by the UK government, the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) and the Government of Brazil on June 8th, and the June 10th Next 1000 Days convening in Washington, DC.

Event details

11:30am – 5:30pm (UK time), Thursday June 6 , 2013
Imperial College. Rothschild Lecture Hall. St Mary’s campus. Medical Faculty Building, Norfolk Place, W2 1PG.
Format: a symposium of the 5 papers, followed by a panel discussion led by Dr Richard Horton, Editor of The Lance.

This is a free symposium. Seating is on a first-come, first serve basis. Copies of the Series will be available at the symposium.

2013 Series overview

Authored by a renowned group of global health and development academics and practitioners, the Series consists of four papers and a Call to Action commentary from the authors. Key highlights from the Series will include:

  • New estimates of the global magnitude, distribution and consequences of malnutrition, including estimates of the deaths attributable to undernutrition
  • Analysis of the efficacy and impact of proven interventions to address nutrition
  • Estimates of the cost and impact of scaling up proven nutrition-specific interventions in the 34 Countdown countries
  • Analysis of the impact on improved nutrition to date of agriculture, social safety net, education and early childhood development programs
  • A review of the political and policy progress to date since the first Series
  • An update on national policy commitments and processes in high-burden SUN countries
  • Commentary from the Series’ authors urging policymakers to use the findings as an evidence base for renewed, concerted action to tackle the unfinished nutrition agenda

Further dissemination events

Beyond the launch on June 6 at Imperial College in London, a briefing event for the global health and development community will be held in Washington, DC on June 13th, and launch events in Ethiopia, India and several other countries will take place to further promote additional commitment to and investments in nutrition policies and programs.

The papers, executive summary, and related fact sheets

will be available at www.globalnutritionseries.org beginning on June 6th, along with press kits and updates from launch events.

For more information, please contact Nora Coghlan at nora.coghlan@gmmb.com or read more at the Food Climate Research Network (FCRN) website.


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