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Maternal, Newborn and Child Health

Health & Nutrition

We are a global leader in Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH). In Nigeria, we work to build the capacity of health workers to deliver life-saving, low cost interventions to save newborn lives. We are also part of a consortium working to ensure that all children are immunised against preventable diseases.

Nigeria has the second highest burden of acute malnutrition in the world, which contributes to 50% of deaths in children under 5. We work to build the capacity of the health system to treat severe acute malnutrition, while promoting improved infant and young child feeding (IYCF) practices during the first 1,000 days of life to prevent malnutrition.

Child receives treatment

We recognise that adequate nutrition during the 1,000 days window (from conception to the child's second birthday) produces a lifetime of benefits for individuals, families, and nations. We work to improve the nutrition of mothers, newborn babies, and children, with special attention to poor and vulnerable communities.

At Save the Children, we believe that well-nourished children will have improved brain and physical development and have stronger immune systems to fight off diseases. Through partnerships we implement some of the largest nutrition or related development programmes in the country. We also advocate for increased government financial commitment for health and nutrition.

A mother feeds protein rich therapeutic food to her child at the Dusuman health clinic Outpatient Therapeutic Unit near Maiduguri