Health & Nutrition

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.

According to the World Bank:

  • Nigeria is the country with the 3rd highest absolute number of children who are stunted.2
  • 41% of children under the age of five are stunted, 23% are underweight, and 14% are wasted.2
  • 14% of infants are born with a low birth weight.

That's why we are committed to providing robust health and nutrition programs 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.

Our country programmes focus in the following areas:

  • Maternal and Reproductive Health
  • Newborn Health
  • Child Survival
  • Nutrition