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A Day in the Life of Shawn Baker

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I could see that this role would give me the chance to have a very positive infl uence within the nutrition community and beyond, for I joined the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation at a key moment. The nutrition community currently has an opportunity that has not existed for 30 years – a real chance to unite in the fi ght against malnutrition and all the misery it unleashes. This opportunity was initially triggered by the hardhitting
Lancet 2008 series on Maternal and Child Undernutrition, which correctly diagnosed the nutrition community as highly fr agmented. The Lancet 2008 series, in combination with the food price crisis and the Copenhagen Consensus of that year, created the inspiration for the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) movement. SUN now has 50 member countries, and all major donors now have nutrition policies in place. Nutrition had a rather anemic
position within the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), but there is a new enthusiasm now to bring about  real change using proven, evidence-based interventions. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has always ascribed great importance to nutrition. Now is the time for a re-energized and reorganized nutrition community
to deliver on its aspirations. This is recognized in the fact that my role is the fi rst Directorship in Nutrition to have been created by the Foundation. I’m very excited about the possibilities.

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Year 2014
Authors Jonathan Steffen
Language English
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DOI https://doi.org/10.52439/VSMS1546
DOI Number 10.52439/VSMS1546
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