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Child Health

Our movement's child health and nutrition programmes reached 27.9 million people in 2020.


Since 1990, child mortality has almost halved. But there's a danger we're leaving kids behind – because of poverty, ethnicity or gender.

5.9m children still die annually, many from preventable causes like diarrhoea and pneumonia.

Malnutrition remains challenging and newborn death rates must fall.

We're determined to change this. We're pressuring governments and working with global partners to improve health for millions.

Every day, our doctors, nurses and health teams are saving lives in hard-to-reach communities around the world.


Children like Joud who are paying the price

Years of war in Syria have left the health system in ruins. As rates of disease and malnutrition rise, children like Joud pay the price.

Joud's worried mother Amira brought her to one of the six medical centres we support in northern Syria.

"The doctors... gave me vitamins and medicines for her," Amira said.
"Also, they gave me peanut butter bars. Since then, she has started gaining weight."

We're offering essential healthcare to 200k people like Joud in northern Syria. Amira added: "I see women from all the villages around us bringing their children."

  • 16,000 under-5s die each day, many from preventable diseases
  • Each year, nearly 3m babies die in their 1st month alive
  • 50% of under-5 deaths are caused by infectious diseases
  • 1 child in 5 misses routine immunisations, exposing them to deadly illnesses.

Here's a few of the things we're doing;

Female Genital Mutilation: Raising awareness of the harmful effects of FGM and training health workers to help affected girls.

Emergencies: Our Emergency Health Unit means we have supplies, logistics experts and skilled surgeons, doctors and nurses ready to send anywhere in the world in the event of a major disaster or conflict.

Pneumonia: The biggest infectious killer of children. Find out more and work with us to end preventable child deaths from pneumonia.

Read our latest report for World Pneumonia Day here

Vaccines: Securing a £1bn govt. pledge to immunisation in poorer countries through our No Child Born to Die campaign. More donations followed, enough to vaccinate 300m more children.

Democratic Republic of Congo: Renovation, training and improving medical supplies in partnership with GSK. Over 5 years, we aim to bring essential healthcare to 700k children.

South Sudan: Offering vital healthcare to a 270k population at Nimule Hospital. With 10 trained midwives, it's one of South Sudan’s leading maternal care facilities, delivering six babies a day.

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