Nutrition

UNICEF works to improve the nutrition of new-borns and young children, helping every child have the best possible start in life.

Mother breastfeeding her baby
UNICEF Serbia/2017/Szabo

Only 13% of children are exclusively breastfed up to 6 months of age.

Good nutrition is the bedrock of child survival, health and development. Well-nourished children are better able to grow and learn, to participate in and contribute to their communities, and to be resilient.

UNICEF is advocating for strong infant and young children feeding policies and the scale-up of proven interventions from pregnancy through the first two years of life.

These include maternal nutrition, early and exclusive breastfeeding, as well as improvement in the nutritional status of young children, those at risk of obesity and undernourished children, particularly children coming from the most vulnerable communities.

1,000 Roma families informed about positive parenting practices to improve young child hygiene, nutrition, health and development.