Around 28% of rural women in Ethiopia are malnourished compared to 10% in urban areas. Due to long hours of farm work, children might have two meals a day, which is insufficient to meet the nutritional needs for a growing child.

28 The first 28 days of life – the neonatal period – represents the most vulnerable time in a child’s life.

Source: UNICEF Ethiopia

2.9m The global number of neo-natal deaths declined from 4.6 million in 1990 to 2.9 million in 2012.

Source: UNICEF Ethiopia

8% Percentage of wasted children in 2012, which decreased from previously 11%. Wasting, or acute malnutrition, results in a low weight for the children’s height and is caused by acute food shortages and/or disease. There are different levels of acute malnutrition. If a child lacks long-term sufficient nutrient intakes, the probability of stunting (chronic malnutrition), or low height for age, is high.

Source: Progress Report Development 2012 by Government of the Netherlands (Dutch)