The Clean, Fed & NurturedSM Coalition brings together practitioners, funders and researchers who focus on increasing coordination between WASH, MNCH, Nutrition, and ECD programming, policy making, and funding to improve child well-being in the early years. Our shared vision is that thriving children become healthy, resilient, and productive adults, equipped to face personal, family, community and global challenges.
We believe that a coordinated focus on the Clean, Fed & NurturedSM baby can shift the ways we support child growth and child development. Our Coalition leverages members’ respective strengths, voices, and portfolios around a shared vision that will play an essential role in improving the health of children, mothers, and caretakers. Joining forces in a single coalition among four sectors—Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH), Nutrition, and Early Childhood Development (ECD)—will help families more easily adopt behaviors that, together, improve children’s chances to reach their fullest potential.
We recognize that there are many policy, attitudinal, and funding barriers to coordination, and much to learn about integration. We aim to break down barriers and make a compelling case for the necessity of a multi-sectoral approach to achieving the SDGs. The Coalition focuses on advocacy, supporting the development of integration metrics, and defining preferred practices for programmatic implementers. To do this, we capture and share existing knowledge, push for new learning and metrics around multi-sectoral and integrated programming, encourage the free flow of ideas, and help people organize around our shared purpose.