The International Malnutrition Task Force: A model for the future?
The International Malnutrition Task Force (IMTF) of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences was set up as an advocacy and capacity-building initiative in 2005 at a time when malnutrition contributed to 60% of deaths among children under-five, and when a reduction in under-five mortality by two-thirds had been set as Millennium Development Goal 4.
By forging partnerships through regional networks of academics, and linking with international agencies and non-governmental organizations, IMTF was able to increase awareness of the urgent need to address the prevention and treatment of child malnutrition. With modest funding, but a common purpose, partners initiated capacity building efforts to reduce high inpatient mortality rates among children admitted with severe malnutrition.
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