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Every day, UNICEF workers brave war zones, treacherous terrain, disasters and disease to make the world safe for kids. Last year, 244 million children under 5 were reached with services to prevent stunting and other forms of malnutrition Last year, 244 million children under 5 were reached with services to prevent malnutrition

Kids need UNICEF now more than ever:

  • Rising poverty, inequality, climate change, conflict and the COVID-19 pandemic have exacerbated the malnutrition crisis worldwide
  • Poor nutrition manifests in many ways. Last year, 21 percent of children under 5 were stunted, 7 percent wasted and 6 percent overweight
  • Two-thirds of young children are still not getting the minimum diverse diet they need for their health and development
  • It is estimated that by 2022, the pandemic could increase the number of children who are wasted by up to 9 million
  • Last year hunger shot up, outpacing population growth with an estimated 10 percent of all people undernourished, up from 8.4 percent before the pandemic
  • In Yemen, 2.3 million children suffer from acute malnutrition; nearly 400,000 are severely acutely malnourished and at imminent risk of death
  • In 2020, school closures – affecting 1.6 billion children – disrupted the delivery of school meals and other nutrition services critical to children's health
  • Global productivity losses are estimated at $3 trillion a year, ranging from 3 to 16 percent (or more) of GDP in low-income countries 

“Thank God that the people of my village call me when they need help because people are very poor here, diseases and epidemics are widespread and as long as this unjust war continues, diseases will spread more.” Meet Razaqah Ahmed Ahmed Haroon Haban, a UNICEF-supported community health worker in the Yemen village Wadi Habat. Over six years of war have shattered the nation's health system, but Ahmed refuses to let children pay the price, going door-to-door to give those most vulnerable the lifesaving care and nutrition they so desperately need.

“Thank God that the people of my village call me when they need help because people are very poor here, diseases and epidemics are widespread and as long as this unjust war continues, diseases will spread more.” Meet Razaqah Ahmed Ahmed Haroon Haban, a UNICEF-supported community health worker in rural Yemen who is determined to give the most vulnerable children the lifesaving care and nutrition they so desperately need.

 

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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 prevents and treats:  Last year, UNICEF procured 620 million packets of micronutrient powders to safeguard children from disease and cognitive delays
  • UNICEF tackles the root causes of the problems children face: UNICEF implemented nutrition programs in 133 countries in 2020, with the support of 700 nutrition experts
  • UNICEF is adaptable: : By applying a community-based approach to the prevention, treatment and care of wasting, UNICEF reached more children last year than the year before — nearly 5 million children in over 70 countries
  • UNICEF gets results: Last year, 5 million children with severe acute malnutrition received treatment
  • UNICEF works wonders: Over the last four decades, exclusive breastfeeding has increased by 50 percent, helping to build babies’ immunity, give them the key nutrients they need to grow and thrive and reduce their risk of obesity and diabetes later in life
  • Last year, 5 million children with severe acute malnutrition received treatment
  • UNICEF procured 620 million packets of micronutrient powders to protect children from disease
  • When emergencies strike, UNICEF spearheads the work to provide nutrition to children who need it most
  • UNICEF procures an estimated 80 percent of the world’s therapeutic food that brings malnourished kids back to good health
  • UNICEF has helped increase exclusive breastfeeding by 50 percent, helping mothers give their babies the best start

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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.

Meet Gift. He lives in South Sudan, where hunger is a daily reality for families. When severe acute malnutrition brought him to the brink of death, UNICEF was there.