Why it is important

© 2012 SPRING

SPRING aims to improve child survival, child growth and development in two of the worst affected countries for child survival and stunting. Together, India and Pakistan account for over a quarter of all child deaths, 39% of stunted children and 34% of disadvantaged children globally.

Although there has been a 30% reduction in child deaths from 1990 to 2008, we are still well off track to reach the Millennium Development Goal 4 (MDG 4) of a 2/3 reduction in childhood deaths by 2015. The coverage of key child survival interventions remains inadequate & inequitable. Under-nutrition including sub optimal breast feeding remains the single biggest risk factor for child death thought to be responsible for 35% of child deaths in total. 200 million children under 5 are at extreme risk of impaired cognitive and social-emotional development. This increases the risk of intergenerational transmission of disadvantage. This waste of human potential also has profound implications for national development.