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Children have the right to a healthy start in life. From fighting diseases to boosting nutrition, Plan's health programmes help to save thousands of children's lives each year.

In 2014, Plan trained 289,437 professional and volunteer health workers and constructed or improved 10,758 early childhood care centres.

Preventable childhood illnesses

Our community-level health programmes include immunisation, child nutrition and hygiene promotion.

We work to prevent and combat preventable childhood illnesses such as malaria, diarrhoea and malnutrition.

Maternal and reproductive health

Maternal health is another key area of our work, particularly pre- and postnatal care and birth attendance.

For example, in the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, Plan has organised camps to train traditional birth attendants, which has resulted in a marked decrease in infant and maternal mortality rates.

We also implement reproductive health programmes in most of the countries that we work in, with the main focus on HIV.

Case studies

Health huts save lives

Health huts save lives

Rural health huts across Senegal are having a dramatic impact on the lives of more than 1,000,000 people – fighting diseases and boosting child nutrition and health.

Saving babies' lives

Saving babies' lives

See how Plan is helping to cut death rates for newborn babies by 50% in some districts of Nepal.