As South Africa’s great leader, Nelson Mandela, once said: ‘Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great. You can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.”
Pregnant women and young children need healthy, nutritious food, especially during the first 1000 days - from the start of pregnancy until the child’s second birthday - to ensure children’s bodies, brains and immune systems develop as they should.
Good, nutritious food, clean water and healthcare are needed during this crucial time to help a child stay healthy, do well in school and earn more as an adult. If a child experiences long-term malnutrition during this critical first 1000 days, then their development is restricted - they are “stunted”. Stunted children become ill more frequently, do less well in school and earn less as adults.
Stunting is costing South Africans valuable money. Stunted adults earn 20% less than their non-stunted counterparts. Stunting is costing the South African economy between 2 and 4% of GDP every year. This money could be invested in education, better healthcare or improved services for everyone. By not investing in childhood nutrition we undermine all our other development investments.
In 2015, all world leaders agreed to end all forms of hunger and malnutrition by 2030 - through the Global Goals. On 2nd December 2018, Global Citizens and artists such as Beyonce, JAY-Z and Wizkid will gather in Johannesburg to hear from world leaders how they plan to continue the legacy of Nelson Mandela and reach the Global Goals.
Call on South Africa’s Finance Minister, Minister Nhlanhla Musa Nene to commit to a stunting free generation by 2030 and put a plan in place to ensure all South Africans can Grow Great.