2021 was a pivotal year for nutrition. Major gains for maternal and child nutrition were made, while at the same time, the global development community experienced unprecedented shocks from the COVID-19 pandemic and the climate crisis. This report was produced at a time where progress on nutrition is suffering even more shocks, with historic levels of food insecurity in the Horn of Africa and the Sahel, and Russia’s war in Ukraine destabilizing global food, fertilizer, and fuel supplies. Robust leadership from the U.S. is more important than ever to buffer these shocks, mitigate further deterioration, and regain progress in reaching World Health Assembly and Sustainable Development Goal nutrition targets.
This report to Congress reports on nutrition outcomes achieved over the previous fiscal year to track progress towards the 2025 World Health assembly global targets on stunting, wasting, anemia, and breastfeeding. The report includes outcomes, disaggregated at the Mission level, including nutrition-specific treatment and prevention interventions on a country-by-country basis; the approximate number of additional children treated for severe acute malnutrition as a result of United States Government (USG) assistance; and the approximate number of additional children receiving vitamin A as a result of such assistance. The data in the report is also presented by country, which provides a more accurate picture of USAID programming results as the activities that generate these results are primarily implemented by USAID Missions.