Nutrition Gives Kids a Healthy Start to Life | UNICEF USA

UNICEF treated 4 million children for malnutrition last year.
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  • Globally, malnutrition is linked to nearly half the deaths of children under age 5
  • 155 million children worldwide — about 1 in 4 — are chronically malnourished
  • It’s not just children who are malnourished. Their mothers are too, increasing the risks of impaired fetal development and low birth weight
  • In Yemen 1.8 million children suffer from acute malnutrition; 400,000 children are fighting severe acute malnutrition, which is life-threatening but completely treatable
  • In the Central African Republic, more than 43,000 children under age 5 are projected to face severe acute malnutrition in 2019 

Meet Gift. He lives in South Sudan, where more than 1.2 million children under 5 are severely malnourished and nearly 60% of the war-torn nation’s people don’t know where their next meal is coming from.

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  • UNICEF is a leader: When emergencies strike, UNICEF spearheads the work to provide nutrition to children who need it most
  • UNICEF is already on the ground in 120 countries, carrying out established child nutrition programs
  • UNICEF has the contacts to get the job done. UNICEF has the reputation — with everyone from high-level government officials to those on the ground helping children — to rally all the stakeholders needed to fight global malnutrition
  • UNICEF works miracles: UNICEF procures 80% of the world’s Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food, a nutrient-packed peanut paste so effective at saving malnourished children that it’s been called “a malnutrition miracle”

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