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 2020

Quick facts about malnutrition

 
Mobile clinic in Ranobe
Madagascar

Emergency aid in Madagascar prevented as medical staff are denied access

Press Release 12 Aug 2021
 
Exploratory mission in Madagascar - July 2021
Madagascar

Food assistance urgently needed as nutrition crisis grips southern Madagascar

Project Update 9 Jul 2021
 
Malnutrition emergency: mobile clinic in Ranobe
Madagascar

Massive increase in food needed as famine looms in southern Madagascar

Press Release 17 May 2021
 
IDP Mobile Clinic in Abs
Yemen

Severe malnutrition on the rise among children in Abs, northern Yemen

Opinion 22 Feb 2021
 
Niger - Magaria Paediatric Unit
Niger

Fifteen years treating malnutrition and malaria around the clock

Project Update 25 Nov 2019
 
Mother and Child Health in Balochistan
Pakistan

Witnessing poor mother and child healthcare in Balochistan

Project Update 6 Jun 2019
 
Nutritional crisis in southern Ethiopia
Ethiopia

Alarming rates of malnutrition among displaced people in southern Ethiopia

Press Release 17 Apr 2019
 
Condemned to drown at sea or be locked up in Libya
Libya

Alarming rates of malnutrition and inhumane conditions in Tripoli detention centre

Press Release 20 Mar 2019
 
Health center of Miandja
Democratic Republic of Congo

Mortality among malnourished children on the rise in Masisi

Project Update 29 Nov 2018
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Nutrition centres in Maiduguri