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This tiny boy is one of the more than 30,000 children under two years old affected by severe acute malnutrition in Mauritania and admitted for treatment this year. Bringing a child back from severe acute malnutrition requires care and skill.


Improving Child Nutrition: The achievable imperative for global progress, 2013 

Stunting traps 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. This report showcases new developments in nutrition programmes and analyses progress towards reducing undernutrition. It also includes case studies from countries where nutrition has been improved at scale.

Levels and trends in child malnutrition – joint malnutrition estimates, 2015 

In September 2015, UNICEF, WHO and World Bank Group released updated joint child malnutrition estimates for the 1990 to 2014 period, which represent the most recent global and regional figures after adding 62 new surveys from 57 countries to the joint dataset. This key findings report summarizes the new numbers, main messages and identifies some minor changes in methodology.

Nutrition annual results report, 2014 

This report provides an overview of the results achieved in Nutrition based on the first year of UNICEF’s 2014-2017 Strategic Plan. In 2014, UNICEF’s Nutrition Sector continued to be a leader in the scale-up of high-impact nutrition interventions, supporting countries in ensuring the equitable improvement of maternal, infant and child nutrition, with particular focus on the critical 1,000-day window covering a woman’s pregnancy through the first two years of a child’s life.

Nutrition: The Case for Support, 2015

The Nutrition case for support lays out the global nutrition landscape, provides evidence-based solutions to prevent and reduce various forms of malnutrition and describes UNICEF’s role and approaches. It also highlight lessons learned, risks and mitigating measures and details the resources required to meet results and current funding gaps.

UNICEF Global NutriDash Report, 2014 

NutriDash is a portal to nutrition data at the global level. This report provides an overview of data collected on the reach and quality of nutrition programmes during the pilot year.

Breastfeeding and Complementary Feeding

Advocacy Brief: Breastfeeding and Early Childhood Development

The advocacy brief provides key messages and facts highlighting the strong links between breastfeeding and early childhood development. It also contains a call to action by both the nutrition and ECD communities to advance a shared agenda to give children the healthiest start in life.

From the First Hour of Life: Making the case for improved infant and young child feeding everywhere

A new global report from UNICEF, From the First Hour of Life: Making the case for improved infant and young child feeding everywhere, provides a global status update on infant and young child feeding practices and puts forth recommendations for improving them. The report is divided into two parts: Part I focuses on breastfeeding and Part II looks at complementary feeding practices. Each part reviews the most recent evidence on infant and young child feeding practices and provides updated global and regional estimates and trends, where available, as well as disaggregated analyses.

Breastfeeding on the worldwide agenda: Findings from a landscape analysis on political commitment for programmes to protect, promote and support breastfeeding 

This report discusses key findings of a landscape analysis conducted to assess the political commitment and priority for breastfeeding interventions globally and in selected countries.


Home Fortification with Micronutrient Powders

The home fortification of complementary foods with micronutrient powders is an effective strategy to improve the quality of diets consumed by children and to treat and prevent anemia and other micronutrient deficiencies. This report compiled by the Home Fortification Technical Advisory Group and its partners summarizes program achievements to date and identifies future programmatic and research needs. 

Programmatic Guidance Brief on Use of Micronutrient Powders (MNP) for Home Fortification

The home fortification of complementary foods with micronutrient powders is recommended where complementary foods do not provide enough essential nutrients. This guidance brief developed by the Home Fortification Technical Advisory Group provides programmatic guidance on how micronutrient powders can fill nutrient gaps of vulnerable groups, especially infants and young children. 

Technical Working Group Meeting on Research Priorities for the Monitoring of Salt Iodization Programs and Determination of Population Iodine Status - Meeting Report, 2016

Iodine deficiency is a common cause of preventable mental impairment worldwide. Over the last two decades, there has been remarkable progress towards eliminating iodine deficiency disorders (IDD) by increasing access to iodized salt. As the programming environment on IDD control and salt iodization changes, so do related monitoring needs. This report outlines priority areas for the monitoring of salt iodization programs and population iodine status.

Vitamin A Supplementation - A Statistical Snapshot, 2016

High-dose vitamin A supplementation programs improve child survival in settings where under-5 mortality and vitamin A deficiency rates are high. This report details the current status of such programs globally and calls for continued investments to support this highly cost-effective intervention. 

Severe Acute Malnutrition

UNICEF Management of Severe Acute Malnutrition Programme Guide, 2015 

This document provides practical guidance for establishing and continuing scale up of the community-based management of severe acute malnutrition at country level.

HIV and Nutrition

WHO and UNICEF HIV and Infant Feeding Guidelines, 2016

This document provides guidance on appropriate infant feeding practices and use of ARV drugs for mothers living with HIV to improve the HIV-free survival of HIV-exposed infants

Programming guide on infant and young child feeding, 2012 

This document contains detailed programme guidance on breastfeeding, complementary feeding, and infant feeding in the context of HIV and emergencies. It may be used by a broad range of partners involved in IYCF programming.



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