Young Child Survival and Development

Young Child Survival and Development


Young Child Survival and Development

The goal of the YCSD programme is the reduction of infant and maternal mortality, especially in the most deprived areas of Egypt, and has three major components; child and maternal health, nutrition, as well as water, sanitation and hygiene        


Despite Egypt’s significant progress in reducing infant and child mortality in the last decades, high levels of child malnutrition still persist across the country. With almost one in every three children under five stunted (some 2.3 million ), Egypt is one of the 20 countries in the world with the highest number of children suffering from chronic malnutrition .  Child malnutrition was deteriorating even at times when Egypt experienced rapid economic growth and within the current political transition and economic crisis in Egypt and the region, it is expected that the malnutrition
status of children will continue to deteriorate if necessary measures are not put in place rapidly   Read More 

Child and Maternal Health

Over the past 20 years, Egypt has made significant progress on maternal and under-five-year child mortality. The under 5 child mortality was reduced by 70% (between 1990 to 2008) and the maternal mortality was reduced by 73% (between 1992 to 2008) . Despite this reduction, large disparities in child survival still persist at national level in particular for the neonatal period which was reduced at a slower pace. Currently 9 out of 10 deaths of children under the age of 5 take place before the child's first birthday, and about one half of these deaths occur during the first month of life   Read More

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

Egypt has made significant progress in terms of direct access to safe drinking water at household level (92.4%) and basic sanitation services (92.9%)  in the last decades. Yet, access is uneven and stark geographical and socio-economic disparities persist affecting the living conditions and health of millions of Egyptian children and their families    Read More



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