On December 7, the Nutrition for Growth (N4G) Summit kicked-off with Japan as a host. Minister of International Development, the Honourable Harjit Sajjan, announced a financial contribution of CAD$195 million for 11 nutrition projects to be implemented by Canadian and international partners. A portion of this funding is part of the CAD$520 million pledged by Canada at the launch of the Nutrition for Growth Year of Action a year ago.
Most notably, Canada invested an additional CAD$50 million in the Global Financing Facility’s (GFF) COVID-19 Essential Health Services Grant program.
Canada’s additional pledge to the GFF will support the most fragile and conflict-affected countries to dismantle acute and chronic bottlenecks in their primary health care systems and ensure essential health and nutrition services for women, children, and adolescents.
When we started asking Canada to invest in the GFF Reclaim the Gains Campaign to #StopTheDeadlyDivide, we called for CAD$250 million over three years. Canada had pledged CAD$100 million to the GFF in May 2021 when kicking off the GFF’s resource mobilization campaign. Today’s pledge of a further CAD$50 million in support of the GFF’s work brings Canada’s contribution to CAD$150 million.
We still want to see Canada do more to reverse the unparalleled malnutrition crisis and protect the health, rights, and dignity of women and children. The fact is that Canada’s contribution today is not responsive to the level of need and the severity of the malnutrition crisis. To put things in perspective, Japan pledged USD$2.8 billion over three years! Simply put, Canada must continue to step up efforts and measure up to its own legacy in nutrition to do its part in reversing the malnutrition crisis.
While we can celebrate and applaud our advocacy today, we must continue looking for opportunities to call for more financing for nutrition from Canada. One way for you to continue using your powerful voice is by taking actions in our #CelebrateResults campaign to start raising awareness now about the importance of increasing #CanadianAid in the 2022 federal budget. You can let the Government know that the malnutrition crisis is clearly an unfinished agenda and that it must commit to step up efforts to ensure that the most vulnerable children and women in lower income countries have the nutrition they need to survive and to thrive.