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The State of the World's Children 2014 in Numbers: Every Child Counts (pdf)
Published:  January 2014

The report highlights the importance of data in making progress for children and exposing the unequal access to services and protections that mars the lives of so many. It also notes that "being counted makes children visible, and this act of recognition makes it possible to address their needs and advance their rights." It adds that innovations in data collection, analysis and dissemination are making it possible to disaggregate data by such factors as location, wealth, sex, and ethnic or disability status, to include children who have been excluded or overlooked by broad averages. 

Multi-sectoral Approaches to Nutrition: Nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive interventions to accelerate progress (pdf)
Published: January 2014

When multiplied across an entire nation, it is estimated that poor nutrition can reduce a nation’s economic advancement by at least 8 percent due to direct productivity losses, and losses due to reduced schooling and poorer cognition. By improving nutrition, we can build human capital and fuel economic growth for generations to come. However, nutrition’s full impact can only be unleashed when all sectors do their part. Other related publications are as follows:


Review of National Legislation for Universal Salt Iodization: South Asia and East Asia and the Pacific (pdf)
Published: 2013

The purpose of the review is to document existing salt iodization legislation in countries from the Asia and Pacific region, to identify weaknesses and strengths of existing legislation and to enumerate considerations that could contribute to strengthening salt iodization legislation in these countries.

Breastfeeding on the Worldwide Agenda: Executive Summary (pdf) 
Published: 2013

There is compelling scientific evidence that optimal breastfeeding of infants under one year could prevent around a million deaths of children under-five in the developing world. Yet global rates of breastfeeding rates have remained stagnant. What can the global breastfeeding policy community do?

Regulatory monitoring systems of fortified salt and wheat flour in selected ASEAN countries (pdf)
Published: June 2013

Considerable efforts have been made over the past decade to address vitamin and mineral deficiencies. An increasing number of countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are adopting mandatory food fortification as one of the primary strategies to overcome these deficiencies.

Impoving Child Nutrition: The achievable imperative for global progress (pdf)
Published: April 2013

Stunting affects 165 million children under 5 years of age around the world, and it can trap those children in a vicious cycle of poverty and undernutrition. Yet, key interventions when delivered during a critical 1,000-day window – during the mother’s pregnancy and before a child turns 2 ‒ can lead to a reduced prevalence of stunting.

Improving Nutrition Security in Asia: An EU-UNICEF Joint Action (pdf)
Launched: June 2012
Publishers: European Union and UNICEF

More than a third of children under 5 years of age in East and South Asia are stunted: they are too short for their age because of long-term insufficient nutrient intake and frequent infections. The European Union (EU) and UNICEF have joined forces to improve nutrition security in the region.

Child Mortality Report 2011 (pdf)
Publication year: September 2011
Publishers: UNICEF, WHO, World Bank, UN Population Division

Child mortality is a key indicator not only of child health and nutrition but also of the implementation of child survival interventions and, more broadly, of social and economic development. This report presents the latest estimates of under-five, infant and neonatal mortality and assesses progress towards MDG 4.

Facts for Life (pdf)
Publication year: 2010

The publication provides life-saving information to families and communities on how to prevent child and maternal deaths, diseases, injuries and violence. Now in its fourth edition, 'Facts for Life' has benefitted millions of individuals and communities since its first publication in 1989. 

Tracking Progress on Child and Maternal Nutrition (pdf)
Publication year: 2009
Publisher: UNICEF 

With more than 1 billion people suffering from malnutrition and hunger, international leadership and urgent action are needed. Global commitments on food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture are part of a wider international agenda that will help address the critical issues.



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