23 May 2023

Four steps to deliver dramatic results for malnourished children

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN – More than 3,000 health facilities in Afghanistan reach around 85 per cent of the population, mostly in rural and semi-urban areas. But in urban areas, it is the larger city hospitals that fill gaps in health and nutrition care. These hospitals are often supported by a patchwork of national and international NGOs.  This system…, Turning crisis to opportunity, The emergency in Afghanistan offered UNICEF the chance to re-examine nutrition services in urban settings. In partnership with the European Union (EU), UNICEF could address the grave gaps in nutrition care and design a four-part strategy to scale nutrition services in urban areas., 10-month-old Fatima is screened by doctors Expanded outpatient and inpatient departments, In response to overcrowded out-patient and in-patient facilities in urban hospitals, which were unable to cope with demand, the urban scale-up strategy provided more rooms, more equipment, and more staff. Initially, European Union funding covered 68 health facilities with out-patient departments for severe acute malnutrition services., An Afghan woman holds cash she has received Incentives to caregivers, As the economy crumbled and poverty soared, in-patient care came into sharp focus. Parents do not have the money to stay in the hospital with their critically ill children. Many others have other children at home and live on infrequent daily wages. Although care is free, the cost of transportation or missed daily wages can still be high for many…, children and their mothers share a hot meal Day-care centres, In the most densely populated areas, in the heart of neighborhoods, UNICEF created day-care centres.  These offer nutrition counselling, treatment, a playroom for children, hot lunches prepared following a cooking demonstration, and the opportunity for mothers to meet in a safe environment. These centres are cost-effective and successfully reach…, children listen to Naz Gul, a nutrition promoter with the UNICEF-supported mobile health and nutrition team Community engagement, The work by women inside the day-care centres is complemented by outreach during community gatherings, including weddings. Male social behaviour mobilisers advocate with fathers and community members to encourage mothers to take their children for screening of malnutrition, receive treatment when necessary, and learn about routine growth…, Nutrition day-care centres: An oasis of hope and respite, Nutrition counselors at the day-care centres Nutrition counselors at the day-care centres lead cooking demonstrations, teaching mothers to prepare healthy meals like vegetable soup with affordable proteins, such as chickpeas. By the end of 2022, UNICEF opened 50 day-care centres across Kabul. The centres are bright, warm and welcoming. They are an…
26 April 2023

Measles cases are surging — and I’m scared for vulnerable children

His name was João. He was three years old. But small for his age. His skinny arm poked out the sleeve of his baggy, torn T-shirt.   As he turned his face to meet mine, completely white eyes stared back. He was blind.   The cause? Measles and a lack of Vitamin A.  That was 25 years ago. But it’s one of the images that haunts me to this day.  I was…, With frontliners in Luena, Angola 1997., Günter Boussery With health workers in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, 1998. With health workers in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, 1998., With health workers in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, 1998., Günter Boussery With health workers in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, 1998. With health workers in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, 1998., With health workers in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, 1998., Günter Boussery Measuring a child for malnutrition in Dadaab refugee camps, Kenya, 2000. Measuring a child for malnutrition in Dadaab refugee camps, Kenya, 2000., Measuring a child for malnutrition in Dadaab refugee camps, Kenya, 2000., Günter Boussery Bringing health services to nomadic communities in North Eastern Province, Kenya, 2008. Bringing health services to nomadic communities in North Eastern Province, Kenya, 2008., Bringing health services to nomadic communities in North Eastern Province, Kenya, 2008., Günter Boussery Bringing health services to nomadic communities in North Eastern Province, Kenya, 2008. Bringing health services to nomadic communities in North Eastern Province, Kenya, 2008., Bringing health services to nomadic communities in North Eastern Province, Kenya, 2008., Günter Boussery At a vaccination site as COVID-19 vaccines roll out in Bhaktapur, Nepal 2021. At a vaccination site as COVID-19 vaccines roll out in Bhaktapur, Nepal 2021., At a vaccination site as COVID-19 vaccines roll out in Bhaktapur, Nepal 2021., Günter Boussery With community members from a health facility committee, Uttar Pradesh, India, 2023. With community members from a health facility committee, Uttar Pradesh, India, 2023., With community members from a health facility committee, Uttar Pradesh, India, 2023., Günter Boussery With frontliners in Luena, Angola 1997. With health workers in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, 1998. With health workers in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, 1998. Measuring a child for malnutrition in Dadaab refugee camps, Kenya, 2000. Bringing health services to nomadic communities in North Eastern Province,…, Most zero-dose children live in the poorest, hardest-to-reach areas of Afghanistan, Pakistan and India and in communities struggling with conflict and disaster., UNICEF/UN0733582/Naftalin Aneefa Bibi holds her 5-year-old daughter Aneefa Bibi holds her 5-year-old daughter, Most zero-dose children live in the poorest, hardest-to-reach areas of Afghanistan, Pakistan and India and in communities struggling with conflict and disaster., UNICEF/UN0803383/Malik a minority-dominated slum a minority-dominated slum, Most zero-dose children live in the poorest, hardest-to-reach areas of Afghanistan, Pakistan and India and in communities struggling with conflict and disaster., UNICEF/U.S. CDC/UN0734667/Anita Khemka Shyam Vishal Kale , 2, is seen with Lovely, his cousin Shyam Vishal Kale , 2, is seen with Lovely, his cousin, Most zero-dose children live in the poorest, hardest-to-reach areas of Afghanistan, Pakistan and India and in communities struggling with conflict and disaster., UNICEF/U.S. CDC/UN0734544/Anita Khemka Freshta and Yasmine Aneefa Bibi holds her 5-year-old daughter a minority-dominated slum Shyam Vishal Kale , 2, is seen with Lovely, his cousin Frighteningly, measles cases have recently surged in South Asia, in the countries with the most zero-dose children. Cases have jumped in India. In Pakistan and…, Health workers in rural Arunachal Pradesh, India, trek for hours to reach families with health and nutrition services., UNICEF/UN0731831/Bannerjee VII Photo A team comprised of UNICEF staff members, government health workers as well as porters and volunteers, makes their way through dense, mountainous terrain to reach a small village to administer vaccines to local residents. A team comprised of UNICEF staff members, government health workers as well as porters and…, Health workers in rural Arunachal Pradesh, India, trek for hours to reach families with health and nutrition services., UNICEF/UN0731732/Bannerjee VII Photo a view of health workers and villagers a view of health workers and villagers, Health workers in rural Arunachal Pradesh, India, trek for hours to reach families with health and nutrition services., UNICEF/UN0731757/Bannerjee VII Photo mother Deepa Sharma holds her 18-month-old daughter mother Deepa Sharma holds her 18-month-old daughter, Health workers in rural Arunachal Pradesh, India, trek for hours to reach families with health and nutrition services., UNICEF/UN0732852/Bannerjee VII Photo Social Health Activist A team comprised of UNICEF staff members, government health workers as well as porters and volunteers, makes their way through dense, mountainous terrain to reach a small village to administer vaccines to local residents. a view of health workers and villagers mother Deepa Sharma holds…, Children in hard-to-reach areas of Pakistan receive childhood vaccines, treatment for malnutrition and have their birth registered., UNICEF/UN0796581/Sami Malik. 2-year-old Ali Hassan, who is severely malnourished, is fed ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF) by his mother 2-year-old Ali Hassan, who is severely malnourished, is fed ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF) by his mother, Children in hard-to-reach areas of Pakistan receive childhood vaccines, treatment for malnutrition and have their birth registered., UNICEF/UN0730514/Bashir Saiga (left) helps a mother register the birth of her child Saiga (left) helps a mother register the birth of her child, Children in hard-to-reach areas of Pakistan receive childhood vaccines, treatment for malnutrition and have their birth registered., UNICEF/UN0756309/Bukhari Muniba Tahir gives a sticker to a young girl after vaccinating her for typhoid 2-year-old Ali Hassan, who is severely malnourished, is fed ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF) by his mother Saiga (left) helps a mother register the birth of her child It’s a big task. But it’s not impossible.   Over the last two years,…
06 February 2023

Nutrition

Challenge, Good nutrition is the foundation children need to be able grow into healthy, happy, productive teenagers and adults.   Yet for millions of children and young people in South Asia, getting the nutrition they need to grow, learn and even survive is near impossible.  Over the last few years, the region has been hit by crisis after crisis. Climate…, Opportunity, Over the past two decades, South Asia has made significant progress in preventing malnutrition in children. Between 2000 and 2019, the number of stunted children declined by one third. Meaning, 33 million less children suffered stunting in 2020 than in 2000.  But much more needs to be done to ensure every child gets the nutritious food they need…, What UNICEF is doing, UNICEF works with governments, academia and partners to strengthen national leadership on nutrition and improve policies, strategies and plans to deliver nutritious foods, essential nutrition services and positive nutrition practices for children, adolescents and women, especially the most vulnerable.  We are committed to upholding every child’s…, Resources, These resources represent a selection of materials produced by UNICEF and its partners in the region. The list is regularly updated to include the latest information. Nutrition Exchange (NEX) South Asia: Improving the diets of young children  Nutrition Exchange (NEX) South Asia: Maternal Nutrition   Field Exchange: Child Wasting in South Asia  …, Featured stories, Featured multimedia, UNICEF South Asia Dr. Sapna Desai shares one myth about breastfeeding UNICEF South Asia 2 years old, Krishanthi is suffering from severe acute malnutrition. There are 25 others like her in her village with 330 children under 5. Display caption Show Original Caption Display caption Show Original Caption UNICEF South Asia Adam Liaw discusses…