An estimated 165 million children under the age of 5 are stunted. They are unable to reach their full potential, both physically and cognitively. We all want children to flourish. But, to achieve this objective, the science is becoming clearer: improved nutrition alone is not enough.
While adequate nutrition in the first two years is critical to prevent stunting, research points to the role of early child development, including early childhood stimulation, to support brain development and to strengthen the impact of nutrition interventions.
Likewise, a growing body of evidence links water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) interventions to improved child growth. As a result, experts are addressing two-way integration between the nutrition sector and WASH or early childhood development sectors. However, programs or studies rarely put a focus on all three sectors.
Increasingly, we see that to tackle stunting and support child development at scale, we must work together.
Our Proposed Solution
The Clean, Fed & Nurtured community of practice brings together practitioners and researchers in WASH; nutrition; and early childhood development to discuss and plan ways to share knowledge and proven approaches and test and improve integration of programming in these areas to promote optimal growth and development for children 0 to 3 years of age.
Together, we share proven approaches, inspire new solutions, and encourage the free flow of ideas. We help people undertake purposeful, collaborative actions that test innovation and generate new knowledge about integrated programming and research.