Health and gender equality strengthened in 5 countries
We’re removing barriers to quality health services girls and young women face in Bangladesh, Ghana, Haiti, Nigeria and Senegal to reduce maternal and child m…
Young children need nutritious food, access to health services, clean water, sanitation and hygiene facilities to grow up healthy, learn and reach their full potential.
In many countries, significant numbers of children are malnourished or too unhealthy to learn and thrive. Malnutrition is associated with nearly half of child deaths and negatively impacts children’s brain development and learning.
Promoting maternal, new-born and child health and nutrition is a priority area of Plan International’s work on early childhood development. Our work in this area can be integrated together with our sexual and reproductive health programmes and those on water, sanitation and hygiene.
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We’re removing barriers to quality health services girls and young women face in Bangladesh, Ghana, Haiti, Nigeria and Senegal to reduce maternal and child mortality.
In 2019, 5.2 million children under the age of 5 died largely of preventable causes.
In 2020, acute malnutrition affected an estimated 49.5 million children under 5
Increased malnutrition caused by COVID-19 together with reductions in routine health care could cause an additional 2 million deaths in children under 5 in a year.