Global Annual Results Report 2022

Nutrition, for Every Child

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In 2022, UNICEF implemented nutrition programmes in 141 countries, aimed to improve maternal and child nutrition at key moments, from early childhood to middle childhood and adolescence, and during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Knowledge generation is at the heart of this work, with evidence guiding advocacy, policies and programmes.

With the support of global thematic funding partners, and building on progress achieved during the previous Strategic Plan period, UNICEF achieved the following headline results in 2022:

  • 356.3 million children under 5 years of age and mothers benefited from programmes for the prevention of malnutrition, compared with 336.4 million in 2021.
  • 116.1 million children 5 to 19 years of age benefited from gender-responsive programmes for the prevention of anaemia and other forms of malnutrition, from 67.4 million in 2021.
  • 182.4 million children under 5 years of age benefited from services for the early detection of child wasting, from 154.4 million in 2021; of these, 7.3 million children with wasting received life-saving treatment, from 5.4 million in 2021.


These results put UNICEF on track to reach Strategic Plan targets for all three nutrition results areas, with progress rates above 100 per cent.

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