UNICEF South Asia places the 1,000-day window of opportunity – from conception to age two years – at the center of its programming. We support the scale up of evidence-based nutrition-specific interventions and nutrition-sensitive development.
We work with regional bodies, national and sub-national governments, development partners, research and academic institutions, national and international NGOs, civil society organizations, and the media to reduce the number of stunted children aged 0-59 months by 12 million between 2014 and 2017, with emphasis on greater equity for greater impact.
This document has three objectives:
(1) summarize UNICEF programmatic priorities and strategies to achieve the headline result on stunting reduction in South Asia;
(2) review the evidence base on nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive interventions to address maternal and child undernutrition in low-income and middle-income countries; and
(3) create a common narrative on maternal and child nutrition and the reduction of child stunting across UNICEF programmes in South Asia.