What we do
Despite the improvements made in previous years, there remain several challenges that still prevent children from fully exercising their rights. Very often several interconnected problems are responsible for a specific challenge. For instance, many children in Azerbaijan still suffer from anaemia. Research shows a number of multi-faceted and multi-layered reasons causing this problem: certain cultural beliefs (social norms) influence mothers' decisions against exclusive breastfeeding; medical staff tend not to encourage exclusive breastfeeding (adequate services); breast-milk substitutes are widely available; and food producers do not have obligation to fortify the flour with iron (adequate legislation), hence most flour in the shops does not contain the necessary levels of iron (availability of essential commodities). Practice has confirmed that changing only one of underlying causes is usually insufficient to achieve the optimum result. This section therefore presents the major concerns that are continuing to hinder the fulfilment of child rights despite recent progress.