Child Survival

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Chronic crisis?

"The world needs to accept that many parts of Niger and the Sahel are now in a state of chronic crisis," explained Barbara Jackson, Humanitarian Director, CARE International, in 2012.

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Manal, who is 30 and a Syrian refugee, gave birth to a baby in Beirut, Lebanon two months ago. As she looks lovingly at him, she says she never thought that her first baby would be born as a refugee.

Although Manal is grateful she could give birth in a health center in Beirut, she is worried about her child's health.

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While there is not a universal day set aside to promote the welfare of children, nations have been doing so for close to 100 years.

In 1925, the World Conference for the Well-being of Children observed the first-ever Children’s Day on June 1. Today, more than 50 countries around the world hold their festivities that day. In the United States, children are celebrated on the second Sunday of June, or June 8 for 2014. And eight countries mark the United Nations’ as Universal Children’s Day on November 20.

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A child’s future is shaped within their first 1,000 days – the critical period between conception and age two. During this important period, maternal and child nutrition has a measurable, lasting impact on growth, brain development and overall health.

The impact of malnutrition during the first 1,000 days is largely irreversible, but malnutrition itself is largely preventable. With good nourishment in the earliest years of life, children have an opportunity to grow, learn, become productive adults and break the cycle of poverty.