MDG 4: Reduce child mortality


Targeting child health

Children dying from preventable causes is one of the most unfortunate aspects of extreme poverty. According to the United Nations, 18,000 children die every day due to hunger related causes. That is over six million children every year (WFP, 2007).

Malnutrition is associated with the majority of child deaths in the developing world. Malnutrition is complex. It is closely related to sanitation conditions, the nutrition and education of a child's mother, traditional practices and other social factors.

The Hunger Project is providing nutrition and nutritional education and mobilizing communities to improve sanitation and access to clean water. We are also intervening for gender equality, because women who are empowered raise children who are better nourished, more educated, and who, in turn, have children who are well nourished and educated.

  • In Africa, our epicenters empower communities to provide health care, including training mothers in good nutrition. Epicenter pre-schools ensure one nutritious meal a day for young children.
  • In India, women elected leaders have changed the development agendas in their communities and made health, education and nutrition a priority.
  • In Bangladesh, massive campaigns are carried out to reduce water-borne disease, often the biggest killer of malnourished children.
  • In Latin America, we provide nutrition training, education and training for mothers, and campaign to make the health system more responsive to indigenous rural communities.


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