Patiente Ngangu, MSF nurse
More than 232 million children around the world last year suffered from malnutrition. It is the underlying contributing factor in nearly half of the deaths of children under five years of age.

Malnutrition can lead to a weakened immune system meaning children are more vulnerable to disease. These diseases can lead to further malnutrition, creating a vicious cycle of malnutrition and disease.

MSF first introduced specific therapeutic foods to treat malnutrition on a large scale as long ago as 2005, which has been widely used since; but access to specific and necessary nutrition remains one of the major challenges in reducing child mortality, especially in conflict-affected countries, where they are most vulnerable.

In 2021

Quick facts about malnutrition

Internally displaced people in Kaya, Burkina Faso
Burkina Faso

Violence and severe supply shortages leave people across Burkina Faso in dire need

Interview 17 Oct 2022
Baidoa Malnutrition Crises

An alarming cycle of drought, malnutrition and disease in Baidoa

Project Update 12 Oct 2022
NIGERIA NW Malnutrition Kebbi

UN must recognise ‘critical emergency’ malnutrition crisis in northwest Nigeria

Press Release 27 Sep 2022
Nutritional crisis in northwest Nigeria

Out of sight: the neglected malnutrition crisis which threatens thousands of children’s lives

Press Release 7 Jul 2022
Malnutrition in Maiduguri

Urgent humanitarian response needed to avoid deadly consequences in Borno

Press Release 30 Jun 2022
Non Food Item distribution
South Sudan

Thousands at severe risk due to malnutrition and deadly diseases in Twic County

Voices from the Field 29 Jun 2022
Nutritional crisis in Ethiopia's Afar region

Urgent response needed to “overwhelming” malnutrition crisis in Afar

Press Release 9 Jun 2022
Bay Regional Hospital, Baidoa, Somalia

Drought intensifies health crises across Somalia and Somaliland

Project Update 7 Jun 2022
Illeret ward water sources

Malnutrition remains high as drought continues in Kenya

Project Update 20 May 2022

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Nutrition centres in Maiduguri