One and half year old girl was critically ill because of
pneumonia and malnutrition.
Carrying the girl on her back and walking for more than two hours to the nearest health center, her mother could get help and save the life of her daughter. (Madagascar)
Our vision is to have every child have the best start in life from birth into adulthood.
However, many children don’t have the opportunity to grow up into a healthy adulthood.
An estimated 5.6 million children die each year before celebrating their 5th birthday.
45% of under five mortality occurs in the first 28 days of life - 2.6 million annually.
Main cause of under 5 mortality is related to stunting (chronic malnutrition).
Pneumonia and diarrhoea are leading killers of the world’s youngest children, accounting for 29 per cent of deaths among children under age 5 – or more than 2 million lives lost each year.
Acute malnutrition (lower weight for age) affects 16 million children under the age of 5 globally.
Stunting is defined as shorter height for age compared to same sex/age standard.
Recent studies on nutrition and development have shown various consequences caused by stunting.
Once a child is stunted, their cognitive capacity and physically development,
school performance and earning capacity will be affected.
It also reveals that, when a child has adequate nutrition and care in the first 1000 days,
this child will be healthier and thrive.
Let’s help UNICEF save children’s lives by focusing on the first 1000 days.
UNICEF will work for children as follows with support from Takeda Pharmaceutical Company.
・Support the health/nutrition programme in 3 African countries - Benin, Madagascar and Rwanda
– where it is difficult to survive for under 5 children and where stunting persists.
・Total Contribution 1 billion Japanese Yen, 5 years (2017-2021).
All “the first 1000 days” interventions are basic and simple, not advanced care.
Train staff to learn proper knowledge and care.
Equip necessary medicine and materials.
Educate mothers and family to take care of babies in right way.
Interventions are varied and based on the country contexts, the following are standard examples.
Strengthened workforce (community health worker), improved access to service in remote areas,
support pregnant women
Improved nutrition among
pregnant women and infant,
treatment, raise awareness/
knowledge about nutrition.
1. Care of new-born with symptoms of disease
2. Training of Community Health Worker on maternal and new-born health
3. Health facilities with equipment /staff
1. Sensitize mothers on nutrition
2. Treatment for severe acute malnutrition
3. Procure/Distribute nutrition supplies
Where possible, innovation like SMS-based technology developed by UNICEF and application
(e.g. supply and logistics for essential medicines) will be piloted and scaled up.
※photos taken in African countries ,（C）UNICEF
The programme will support total 1.3 million mothers and babies with 5 years in 3 countries, Benin, Madagascar and Rwanda.
Improved access to quality health services for mothers and children within the first 1,000 days
Fighting against stunting
and other forms
In the next 5 years,
you could help improve access to services
for an estimated 395,000
pregnant mothers and strengthen
new born care for
In the next 5 years,
you could help
improve the nutritional status of
an estimated 582,000
under 5 children
Three African countries to be supported.
Stunting persists globally （Source: UNICEF, WHO, World Bank Joint Child Malnutrition dataset, September 2016 update）
UNICEF will work for
mothers and children with Takeda Pharmaceutical Company.