Early childhood (from birth to 6 years old) is the most important stage of a child’s life.
200 million children suffer the effects of malnutrition.
CARE focuses on reducing stunting because this reflects success on many fronts: food systems, health systems, education, WASH infrastructure, and safety nets, to name a few. Since it arises during the first 1,000 days—from conception through the child's second birthday—and essentially cannot be reversed thereafter, prevention by ensuring adequate growth and nutritional status is paramount. All of CARE's programming uses nutrition-sensitive approaches to provide the foundation for good nutrition.
Some programs additionally focus on nutrition-specific approaches that address the immediate determinants of fetal and child nutrition and development. These programs focus on the key home-based practices that produce good nutrition outcomes, and as such they employ social and behavior change strategies to encourage the adoption of these behaviors. In these programs CARE implements an integrated model—called Collective Impact for Nutrition—developed through 10 years of programming across multiple countries, where key nutrition-sensitive interventions support a core nutrition-specific behavior-based approach, ensuring not only the promotion of improved nutrition practices but also helping to provide the necessary foundation for adopting them. This model is grounded in the Lancet nutrition interventions from 2013.
Last year, we helped more than 3.6 million children and their family members access child health and nutrition services and information.
When women earn, everyone benefits. Help them get the tools and resources they need to lift themselves and their families out of poverty.