Health and Nutrition

Program Highlights

  • We target the major causes of maternal, newborn and child deaths.
  • Provide high-impact, low-cost care that saves children's lives.
  • Train and equip frontline health workers – to provide basic and lifesaving care.
  • Respond rapidly during emergencies – when children are most vulnerable.

Nearly 6.3 million children die each year due to preventable and treatable causes, including 1 million babies who die on the day they are born. What's more, malnutrition contributes to the deaths of children and a lifetime of poor health. More than 150 million children in developing countries are malnourished.

That's why we are committed to providing robust health and nutrition programs that save children's lives and ensure they grow up healthy.

In 2013, we provided lifesaving treatment to 3.1 million children, including for diseases like malaria, pneumonia and diarrhea, and for acute malnutrition.

Read our latest report: Ending Newborn Deaths

Growing Up Healthy

Save the Children works to improve health and nutrition of mothers, newborn babies and children, with special attention to poor and vulnerable communities. We work in hard-to-reach and impoverished communities, as well as with families hard hit by natural disasters and conflict.

We focus our efforts in six areas:

Learn more about Save the Children's programs and technical expertise.
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Our program experts and researchers provide valuable evidence to increase government funding and influence global and national policies. Working with governments, schools and nonprofit partners, we improve the quality, availability and use of proven health and nutrition programs.

Last Updated October 2014