Innovations in Treatment of Acute Malnutrition: From Evidence to Action
In 2015 Action Against Hunger’s SAM2020 Agenda set out a call to reach more children with access to life-saving treatment for severe acute malnutrition by 2020. This agenda has guided much of our global work over the past five years, and is critical to supporting global progress towards the ambitious targets set by the World Health Assembly and Sustainable Development Goals.
Research and innovation have played a key part in the progress that has been made to date and continues to play a crucial role towards enabling us to achieve our goal of reaching more children. Action Against Hunger has worked with global partners on innovative research efforts to build the evidence on improved approaches and platforms to reach more children with safe and effective treatment for acute malnutrition. Through these efforts, we have the potential to unblock critical barriers to access and delivery across humanitarian and development contexts and achieve our global ambitions.
With new evidence on SAM treatment approaches, we are now at an opportune moment to support coordinated dissemination, uptake, and use in global policies and programmes. With this in mind, Action Against Hunger hosted a meeting in London in June 2019 entitled ‘Innovations in the Treatment of Acute Malnutrition: from Evidence to Action’. The aim of the Evidence to Action event was to support this global momentum with focused efforts to reach key stakeholders and partners, raising awareness of the issues, latest approaches, and further opportunities for collaboration.