The Power Four Interventions
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University found the most impactful and cost effective ways to reduce nutrition-related mortality: scale up the Power 4 in high-burden countries. With this effort, there is a strong potential to save millions of lives.
1. PRENATAL VITAMINS FOR PREGNANT WOMEN
These simple, micronutrient supplements consist of 15 important vitamins and minerals. They not only reduce the odds of infant death, but also reduce maternal mortality.
A woman receives prenatal vitamins from a nurse.
2. breastfeeding support for mothers
Exclusive breastfeeding for six months increases a child’s immune response and chance of survival. Mothers who would like to breastfeed often cannot access the support and information they need. Skilled breastfeeding counseling can help protect vulnerable infants from becoming malnourished.
A Kenyan woman learns about nutrition ar an Action Against Hunger clinic.
3. vitamin a supplementation
Twice a year from when they are 6–59 months old, these drops minimize a child’s risk of both blindness and mortality.
And when all else fails, the final Power 4 intervention is there to help children on the brink of death...
4. Ready-to-use therapeutic food
Ready-to-Use therapeutic food such as Plumpy'Nut is a nutrient-dense medical food that is easy to distribute, easy to use, and provides vital nutrients.WHAT IS THERAPEUTIC FOOD?
A malnourished child with a packet of Plumpy'Nut
THESE FOUR POWERFUL INTERVENTIONS...
not only save lives, but also ensure a healthy future for millions of children. Learn more about our mission to put an end to severe acute malnutrition by working with our giving partners to support the Power 4 interventions.OUR IMPACT
Content by Kendall Lorenzen for Eleanor Crook Foundation, Photos by Peter Caton