80 million children and 10 million women have a better chance at lifelong, healthy development through IKEA Foundation support of UNICEF programs in 18 Indian states.
Nutritious food saves children’s lives
Breast-feeding their babies for the first six months of life greatly reduces infant mortality. More nutritious food for children 7-24 months, and vitamin A supplements are also important and effective for good health.
Safe water and better hygiene
Children who learn about hygiene in school introduce new habits into their families, and entire communities start to change.
Immunization against common diseases
Children are immunized against common, preventable illnesses such as measles, polio, diphtheria and whooping cough. They receive preventive medical treatment, too, such as de-worming medicines and vitamin supplements, and are given mosquito nets to protect against malaria.