State of the World's Children

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Each year, the United Nations Children's Fund's (UNICEF’s) flagship publication, The State of the World's Children, closely examines a key issue affecting children. The report includes supporting data and statistics.

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The State of the World's Children 1998

The State of the World's Children 1998

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Carol Bellamy
31 Dec 1998
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Sound nutrition can change children's lives, improve their physical and mental development, protect their health and lay a firm foundation for future productivity. This year's edition of The State of the World's Children 1998, focuses on the nearly 200 million children under the age of five, who are affected by malnutrition everyday. Arising from the combined onslaught of poverty and preventable diseases, malnutrition represents a potent threat to the survival and development of children, as well as their families and communities. The Report examines three key factors that determine whether a child will thrive and develop: access to food; access to basic health services; and caring practices. It explores some of the low-cost measures that can be taken to improve children's quality of life, and puts forward a plan of action to alleviate some of the worst effects of child malnutrition.
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  • Foreword
    To look into some aspects of the future, we do not need projections by supercomputers. Much of the next millennium can be seen in how we care for our children today. Tomorrow’s world may be influenced by science and technology; but more than anything, it is already taking shape in the bodies and minds of our children.
  • Malnutrition: Causes, consequences and solutions
    It is implicated in more than half of all child deaths worldwide—a proportion unmatched by any infectious disease since the Black Death. Yet it is not an infectious disease.
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