Malnutrition is linked to nearly half of the deaths of children under five.
Most child deaths are preventable or treatable with high-impact, low-cost interventions, such as immunization, nutrition and child health services. The impact of these interventions on child health varies greatly depending on socio-economic group, ethnicity, geographical location and the educational level of the parents.
Stunting is the silent scourge of many children throughout Lao PDR, affecting around 33% of children under five years of age, as per LSIS II data.
Stunted growth causes underdeveloped brains and bodies if children do not get the right type or amount of nutrients from food within the crucial first 1,000 days.
Our Nutrition programme works at national and local levels to ensure effective, high-impact policies exist to increase child survival and help make children and their families healthier, particularly the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.