Health and Nutrition
Malnutrition is one of the most critical challenges for children in the region. The prevalence of stunting and wasting in the region remains high. Stunting rates exceed 20% in a majority of the regions’ countries.Two out of 5 stunted children in the world live in Southern Asia. In addition, Asia Pacific has the world’s highest prevalence and number of wasted children.
Newborn deaths account for 44% of under-5 deaths globally and almost 60% of the deaths in South Asia.
Children under five are still dying every day— many from illnesses that could be prevented: pneumonia, malaria – even diarrhoea. We’re working to nourish children and mothers, educate communities, and help protect the most vulnerable from everyday illnesses.
We focus on the health of both children and mothers, as the two are inextricably linked. Caring for a woman before she conceives, throughout pregnancy, during birth, and in the years after birth directly impacts the well-being of her child. We work with families to improve maternal and child health all along the continuum.
We see children dying from issues because of violence, isolation, and powerlessness. We want hope to be restored. We want to promote good hygiene and nutrition for children and we want to strengthen health systems to serve vulnerable people.
World Vision’s health and nutrition interventions at scale ensure access to good health and nutrition for children and their communities.
Over the last five years, 89% of the severely malnourished children we treated made a full recovery.
Stories of Hope
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Under World Vision’s Treatment Supporter Program, an estimated 2, 700 patients have successfully completed their treatment. (1569 male and 1079 female...
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