The Power 4

Interventions That Will Save Lives 

An analysis conducted by Johns Hopkins University that identified the four most impactful and cost-effective ways to reduce malnutrition and childhood mortality.

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.  

What are the Power 4 Interventions?

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.

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.

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...

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. 

These four powerful interventions would not only help 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.

“My life has changed a lot. I’m happier now that my children can easily access fruits, I no longer have to buy onions, eggplants and Sukuma so I’m able to save money for other household expenses and for educating my children. My children are healthy, and they no longer frequently get sick as they used to.”

In her role as a volunteer, Poni shares what she learned with her neighbors, showing them how to plant and help their crops grow.

Poni George

Since COVID-19 hit, humanitarian support has been reduced due to movement restrictions, limited supplies, and funding issues. Rebeca had to find other ways of feeding my children.

“I’m grateful to Action Against Hunger for the seeds that they distributed to us. I have planted many of them as you can see, the fruit trees we planted last year have all matured and my children enjoy eating them.”

Through learning skills through Action Against Hunger’s agriculture training program. She’s been able to grow crops like Sukuma wiki, passion fruit, pawpaw trees, onions, and sweet potatoes. She has also helped her neighbors set up their own gardens.

Rebecca Buol Makech

Laker learned how to cultivate mushrooms in 2019. Her business took off, and her success has inspired many of her neighbors. When COVID-19 hit, the lockdown in Uganda affected her mushroom growing - she could not access the raw materials, particularly the mushroom spawn, needed for production.

“From my mushroom savings, I bought a few vegetable seeds and, with the help from Action Against Hunger staff, we set up nursery beds of onions and Sukuma wiki… My vegetables are doing so well. Together with my children, we set up more nursery beds, I hope to sell the surplus from my harvest and invest more in my mushroom production.”

Laker Lucy

Content by Kendall Lorenzen
Courtesy our partners at Eleanor Crook Foundation