Letter: Child malnutrition
With the advent of spring, we think of budding trees, emerging flowers, and the wondrous birth of lambs, bunnies, and human babies. I hope that as we celebrate the marvels of creation around us, we think of families for whom the birth of a new child brings joy, yet heartbreaking worry over how to feed another mouth.
For 151 million children in the world, chronic malnutrition leads to irreversible stunting, which affects their physical and cognitive development, their health, their ability to learn, and their future. There are some wonderful U.S.-funded programs that can save these children from stunting, if our federal government provides sufficient funding. One program in Uganda called Harvest Plus provides enriched crops and nutrition education to mothers of infants that has enabled the children of poor farmers to thrive.
Please write or call Congressman Gosar and Sens. Sinema and McSally and urge them to protect and increase funding for our global nutrition programs. Giving more babies the opportunity to reach their full adult potential, to contribute to their communities and countries, will provide a better future for all of us.