Global child and maternal nutrition—the SUN rises

  title={Global child and maternal nutrition—the SUN rises},
  author={David N. Nabarro},
  journal={The Lancet},
  • D. Nabarro
  • Published 24 August 2013
  • Medicine
  • The Lancet
In April 2010 a policy brief -- Scaling Up Nutrition: A Framework for Action -- was released at the spring meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. The policy brief which quickly became known as the SUN Framework set the stage for the transformation that is now happening in global nutrition. It called for country-owned nutrition strategies and programmes; urgent scaling up of evidence-based and cost-effective interventions; integration of nutrition within national strategies… 
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