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Health and Nutrition
Good health and nutrition helps children grow up and reach their full potential. Photo credit: Save the Children
Nearly 6.6 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.
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.
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.
Through our Every Beat Matters campaign, Save the Children is working to ensure that children all over the world survive threats like newborn complications, and preventable or treatable illnesses like pneumonia, diarrhea and malaria.
Last Updated July 2014