On November 4, 2017, government, city, international agency, foundation, civil society organisation and business representatives all gathered at the Global Nutrition Summit in Milan to make high-impact commitments for a healthier future. Donors pledged up to USD 3.4 billion to tackle the global malnutrition crisis – an underlying cause of nearly half of all global child deaths.
Alongside donors such as the Kofi Annan Foundation, the World Bank, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Power of Nutrition, the Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation (FLRF) pledged 75 to 100 million Swiss francs to promote breastfeeding over the next five years, contributing to the USD 640 million in new funding announced.
FLRF’s focus on promoting breastfeeding is unique. The FLRF commitment will contribute to Target 5 of the World Health Organization’s Global Targets 2025: Increasing the rate of exclusive breastfeeding in the first 6 months up to at least 50%. The commitment will also have a positive impact on three other targets: reducing stunting in children under 5 (Target 1), rates of childhood overweight (Target 4) and childhood wasting (Target 6).