2014 Focus: NUTRITION



Proper nutrition is a powerful good: people who are well nourished are more likely to be healthy, productive and able to learn. Good nutrition benefits families, their communities and the world as a whole.

Under-nutrition is devastating: it blunts the intellect, saps the productivity of everyone it touches and perpetuates poverty.

Stunting, or low height for age, traps people into a lifelong cycle of poor nutrition, illness, poverty and inequality. The damage to physical and cognitive development, especially during the first two years of a child’s life, is largely irreversible. 

Stunting affects 165 million children under five years old – one out of every four.

This figure represents a 37 per cent decrease from an estimated 257 million in 1990. Although this is good news, efforts still need to be increased.

UNICEF is funded entirely by voluntary contributions from individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. The national committees for UNICEF, such as UNICEF Belgium, play a key role in these funding efforts. 

The UNICEF Belgium ‘Happy Packs’ are helping undernourished children by providing therapeutic milk powder & food paste along with vitamin & mineral sachets to those who most need it around the world.

Proper nutrition helps give every child the best start in life. 

Money raised at the 2014 Quiz for Children will go towards these efforts.

If you would like to make a private donation, you can do so here   (or in FR  or NL