Health and nutrition
Breastfeeding on the Worldwide Agenda (pdf)
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.
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.
Regulatory monitoring systems of fortified salt and wheat flour in selected ASEAN countries (pdf)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Countdown to 2015: Building a future for women and children (pdf)
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).
Pneumonia and diarrhoea: Tackling the deadliest diseases (pdf)
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.
The Mongolia Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2010 (pdf)
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.
Child Mortality Report 2011 (pdf)
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)
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.
Assesment of the reaching every district strategy in Mongolia (pdf)
Health Service Access Among Poor Communities in Phnom Penh (pdf)
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.
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.
Health equity in Viet Nam: maternal and child mortality (pdf)
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.
Tracking Progress on Child and Maternal Nutrition (pdf)