Dear RT Hon Dominic Raab MP,
I am writing to you as the Foreign Secretary, now that the work of UK Aid falls under your department. I welcome the start you made by announcing the UK will tackle the risk of famine in the poorest parts of the world. However, the UK must go further.
Malnutrition was rising before the pandemic and now this trend is getting worse. Without access to life saving treatment, 10,000 more children could die from malnutrition each month, than was predicted before Covid-19 struck.
Since 2015, the UK has helped improve the nutrition of over 50 million children, women and adolescent girls. I am so proud of this achievement. However, UK Aid commitments to nutrition expired at the end of 2020. Will you commit to making the same impact and reaching the same number?
The current hunger crisis is part of the longer-term battle to end malnutrition. Even if children survive hunger, malnutrition causes ill health throughout their life making them less likely to reach their educational potential and therefore undermining your department’s ambitions on education too.
It is so important that your department continues to focus on healthy lives for people in the poorest places after Covid-19. That means making investments to tackle malnutrition alongside your commitment to end hunger.
Please use your leadership by making a renewed UK commitment to nutrition this year, children’s futures depend on it.