Nutrition Gives Kids a Healthy Start to Life | UNICEF USA

UNICEF workers brave war zones, treacherous terrain, disasters and disease to make the world safe for kids. 

Kids need UNICEF now more than ever:

  • Globally, malnutrition is linked to nearly half the deaths of children under age 5
  • About 149 million children under five suffer from stunting and chronic malnutrition
  • In 2018, 12.8 million people were at risk of food insecurity and acute malnutrition, a 30 percent increase over 2017
  • Conflict and economic shocks have created a food crisis in Yemen. Only 15 percent of children eat the minimum acceptable diet they need to survive, grow and develop; 360,000 suffer from severe acute malnutrition, a potentially deadly but treatable condition
  • It’s not just children who are malnourished. Pregnant women who aren't getting adequate nutrition may give birth to underweight babies who experience developmental delays
  • UNICEF promotes exclusive breastfeeding, a practice that could save the lives of an estimated 800,000 children under 5
  • It is projected that undernutrition will reduce Gross Domestic Product by up to 11 percent in Africa and Asia

Meet Jacqueline Tchebemou, a doctor and mother who works at the Central African Republic’s only pediatric hospital to treat severely malnourished children.

Why donate to UNICEF? It's a smart way to make your money go further for children:

  • When emergencies strike, UNICEF spearheads the work to provide nutrition to children who need it most
  • Last year, 82% of the 4.1 million children UNICEF treated for severe acute malnutrition recovered
  • UNICEF procures between 75 and 80 percent of the world’s Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food, a  nutrient-packed nut paste that brings severely malnourished children back to good health
  • Breast milk protects babies from disease and malnutrition. UNICEF nutrition counseling has helped raise the number of South Sudanese babies 5 months and under to 74 percent
  • In 2018, UNICEF provided 200 million packets of micronutrient powders (MNPs) to safeguard children's health and development


Meet the UNICEF workers helping kids around the world

We won't stop until we bring good health to every child
We won't stop until every child has clean water
We won't stop until we help every child learn
We won't stop until we reach every child in crisis
We won't stop until we treat every malnourished child
We won't stop until we protect every child
We won't stop until every child has a voice

UNICEF: saving and changing lives

Meet Gift. He lives in South Sudan, where hunger is a daily reality for families. Roughly 860,000 children under 5 are estimated to be acutely malnourished — 259,000 kids severely so

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