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Breastfeeding on the Worldwide Agenda (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?
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Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed (pdf)
Published: 2013

The annual number of under-five deaths fell from 12.6 million in 1990 to 6.6 million in 2012. But much faster progress is needed to reduce preventable diseases that cause child mortality. This is the second report in a series intended to track progress on child survival and promote accountability for global commitments.
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UNICEF  communication for development support to public health preparedness and disaster risk reduction in Asia Pacific (pdf)
Published: August 2013

The report reviews lessons learnt of UNICEF’s Communication for Development (C4D) programming related to disaster risk reduction, preparedness, communicable disease control, institutional systems strengthening and community resilience, as well as programming strategies currently being shaped to reach the most vulnerable communities.
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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.
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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.
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Comprehensive needs assessment of newborn care in selected countries (pdf)
Published: March 2013

The report provides comprehensive, equity-focussed needs assessment for country-specific newborn care programming in three selected countries in the East Asian and Pacific region: Indonesia, Lao People's Democratic Republic and the Philippines.
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Comitting to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed (pdf)
Launched: September 2012
Publisher: UNICEF

The report examines trends in child mortality estimates since 1990, and shows that major reductions have been made in under-five mortality rates in all regions and diverse countries. This has translated into a sharp drop in the estimated number of under-five deaths worldwide.
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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.
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Countdown to 2015: Building a future for women and children (pdf)
Launched: June 2012
Publisher: World Health Organization and UNICEF

Countdown to 2015 is a global movement to track, stimulate and support country progress towards achieving the health-related Millennium Development Goals, particularly goals 4 (reduce child mortality) and 5 (improve maternal health; box 2).
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Pneumonia and diarrhoea: Tackling the deadliest diseases (pdf)
Launched: June 2012
Publisher: UNICEF

Pneumonia and diarrhoea are leading killers of the world’s youngest children, accounting for 29 per cent of deaths among children under age 5 worldwide – or more than 2 million lives lost each year. This report makes a remarkable and compelling argument for tackling two of the leading killers of children under age five.
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The Mongolia Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2010 (pdf)
Published: December 2011
Publisher: National Statistics Office and UNICEF Mongolia

The Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey was conducted to assess implementation of the Law on Statistics, to collect data for assessing the health, education, development, protection and situation of children and women to monitor the progress on achieving the goals of the implementation of the child protection related international agreements, the National Program and MDGs, and to revise the data from the previous survey.
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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.
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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. 
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Assesment of the reaching every district strategy in Mongolia (pdf)
Publication year: 2010



This report reflects a rapid assessment of the Reaching Every District (RED) strategy in Mongolia to capture the impact on health service access in the 13 subdistricts. RED has been used in building up the capacities of district-level health care services to increase immunization coverage.
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Level & Trends in Child Mortality: Report 2010 (pdf)
Publication year: 2010
Publisher: UNICEF, WHO, World Bank



Since 1990 the global under-five mortality rate has fallen by a third—from 89 deaths per 1,000 live births in 1990 to 60 in 2009. All regions except Sub-Saharan Africa, Southern Asia and Oceania have seen reductions of at least 50 percent.
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Health Service Access Among Poor Communities in Phnom Penh (pdf)
Publication year: 2010
Publisher: UNICEF Cambodia

The Health Sector Strategic Plan 2008-2015 stipulates that the long term vision of the Ministry of Health is to enhance sustainable development of the health sector for better health and well-being of all Cambodian, especially of the poor, women and children. This study enables us to understand the challenges.
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Countdown to 2015: Decade Report (2000-2010) (pdf)

Countdown collects and analyses data from the 68 countries that account for at least 95% of maternal and child deaths. It produces country profiles that present coverage data for a range of key health services. It reviews progress over 2000–2010.
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Health equity in Viet Nam: maternal and child mortality (pdf)
Publication year: 2010
Publisher: UNICEF Viet Nam

This situational analysis provides estimates of the degree of inequality in bothmaternal and child mortality and other high-level maternal and child health outcomes causally related to maternal and child mortality, including child morbidity, children's nutritional status and fertility.
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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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