Nearly 5.9 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. 156 million children under five years old are too short for their age, 50 million children do not weigh enough for their height, and 42 million children are overweight.
That's why we are committed to providing robust health and nutrition programs around the world that save children's lives and ensure they grow 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.
Thanks to our donors, in 2016 Save the Children helped more than 36 million children have access to better health and nutrition including more than 7,000 U.S. kids.
We focus our efforts in six areas:
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