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Support Nutrition Funding in Global Health Programs

This is a **programmatic request** for on-line appropriations submissions

FY 2020 State, Foreign Operations and Related Agencies

Deadline: COB Tuesday, March 26th 


Dear Colleague,

            Please join us in asking the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee to substantially increase Nutrition funding in the Global Health Programs account for USAID and significantly scale up life-saving nutrition programs for women
and young children. 

            For over 170 million children, chronic undernutrition leaves them vulnerable to disease and permanently impaired, their families impoverished, and their communities less resilient.  Undernutrition robs developing nations of critical human capital
and undermines national and international investments in other areas of health, education and economic growth.  Undernutrition contributes to 2.6 million child deaths each year – more than any other disease. 

            The U.S. continues to be a leader in fighting undernutrition and advancing strategies that work – from education to improve maternal diets and pregnancy nutrition to promoting breastfeeding, from diversifying diet and fortifying staple foods
to supplementing micronutrients.  It is critical for Congress to provide increased funding for the Nutrition funding account and expand proven interventions that address the leading cause of child mortality.

        To sign onto the letter, or for more information, please contact Benton Gammons (Castro) at, or Cindy Buhl (McGovern) at no later than close of business,
Tuesday, March 26th.




Joaquin Castro                                                James P. McGovern

Member of Congress                                      Member of Congress




March 28, 2019



The Honorable Nita Lowey                                        The Honorable Harold Rogers

Chairwoman                                                                Ranking Member

Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations        Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations

House Appropriations Committee                              House Appropriations Committee

U.S. House of Representatives                                   U.S. House of Representatives

Washington, DC  20515                                             Washington, DC  20515



Dear Chairwoman Lowey and Ranking Member Rogers,

As you determine priorities for the Fiscal Year 2020 State, Foreign Operations and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, we respectfully request that you provide $195 million for the Nutrition sub-account within the Global Health Programs account at the U.S.
Agency for International Development (USAID).

We applaud your leadership and share your commitment and support for these critical, life-saving investments in global health, food security and nutrition.  We thank you for the decision to increase funding in FY 2019 for the Nutrition sub-account by $20
million, bringing total funding to $145 million. After four years of flat funding, this increase was more than welcome.  We urge you to continue increasing funding for Nutrition so that long-neglected priorities can be further advanced and expanded.  The $50
million increase we are requesting would allow, for example, for $20 million in additional funding to reduce maternal and pediatric anemia and $30 million to expand breastfeeding initiatives.

Congress has played a significant role in championing nutrition and increasing the Nutrition sub-account, which has undoubtedly been life-saving for millions of children since almost half of all under-5 child deaths are nutrition related.  A substantial
increase in the Nutrition sub-account would address the leading cause of child mortality by significantly scaling-up our investments in nutrition.

Nutrition funding supports many specific and vital nutrition activities, such as nutrition education to improve maternal diets, nutrition during pregnancy, breastfeeding, and infant and young child feeding practices.  It further supports diet quality and
diversification through fortified or bio-fortified staple foods, specialized food products, and community gardens, as well as the delivery of nutrition services such as micronutrient supplementation and community management of acute malnutrition.

A $50 million increase in areas like maternal and pediatric anemia and breastfeeding initiatives would significantly advance USAID’s nutrition initiatives.  Anemia affects half a billion women of reproductive age worldwide, impairing their health and economic
productivity.  Increased investments to address anemia would reduce malnutrition, maternal deaths, stillbirths, and premature and low birth weight infants.

Breastfeeding boosts a child’s immune system, protects from diseases, increases cognitive ability (IQ), and is essential for healthy growth.  Scaling up breastfeeding to a near universal level could save over 800,000 lives per year. Addressing anemia and
supporting breastfeeding are two of the most cost-effective interventions that are ready to be scaled up immediately, were increased funding made available.  

Maintaining high funding levels for USAID’s nutrition programs fits squarely within our nation’s security and economic interests.  These programs contribute to more stable societies where individuals can reach their full potential.  They encourage, create
and advance positive partnerships with the United States, which in turn enhances our own global and domestic security. 

Providing $195 million in total funding in FY 2020 for the Nutrition sub-account will send a clear signal that the United States is committed to evidence-based nutrition-specific interventions that are critical to ensuring that children not only survive,
but thrive, and that their mothers will live to see it. The United States has always been a leader in the fields of nutrition and food security.  Continuing to provide ample increases in the Nutrition sub-account for FY 2020 will demonstrate that Congress
remains committed and engaged on these life-saving and life-enhancing interventions.

Thank you for your serious consideration of this request to increase Nutrition funding in the Global Health Programs account.






            ______________________________                        ______________________________

                        Joaquin Castro                                                            James P. McGovern

                        Member of Congress                                                  Member of Congress

Related Legislative Issues

Selected legislative information:Agriculture, Appropriations, Foreign Affairs

Related Deadline Information

Deadline Title: on-line appropriations submissions
Deadline Start: 3/21/2019 10:00:00 AM
Deadline End: 3/26/2019 6:00:00 PM

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