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Health and Nutrition

Over the past two decades, the world has made remarkable progress in children’s survival and health: child deaths have been reduced by half. This is the result of years of effort and the delivery of a small set of proven health and nutrition interventions. Despite this progress, each year nearly six million children still die before their fifth birthday – most of these deaths are preventable. Globally, the leading causes of death in children under five are preterm birth complications, pneumonia, complications during labour and delivery, diarrhoea and sepsis or meningitis. Progress has been uneven and millions of children have been left behind due to poverty, their ethnic identity, because they live in remote areas or urban slums, or in countries caught up in conflicts.

Within the health and nutrition thematic area, Save the Children focusses on ensuring that all young children receive the health and nutrition care and services they require to survive. To achieve this goal, Save the Children collaborates with local governments, multilateral institutions, grassroots organizations and others to strengthen health systems, and works with individuals, families and communities to encourage the uptake of healthy behaviors. We work in both humanitarian and development contexts.

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