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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 2022

Quick facts about malnutrition

Bullet hole caused by shooting in the operating room of the Zalingei teaching hospital, Central Darfur state, Sudan.

People abandoned amidst horrific violence and humanitarian void in Central Darfur

Project Update 17 May 2024
Resurgence of measles cases in Afghanistan

Vaccinations crucial in curbing spike in measles cases among children

Project Update 16 May 2024
People are gathering at a health facility in El Fasher
Conflict in Sudan

Bomb kills two children and puts El Fasher hospital out of action amid fighting

Press Release 12 May 2024
Malnutrition in Zamzam camp, North Darfur
Conflict in Sudan

Catastrophic malnutrition crisis in Zamzam camp amidst escalating violence in North Darfur

Press Release 1 May 2024
Christopher Lockyear visit to Rafah
Gaza-Israel war

Gaza's silent killings: The destruction of the healthcare system in Rafah

Report 29 Apr 2024
Yemen Maternity Malnutrition

Numbers of malnourished women on the rise in Yemen

Project Update 19 Mar 2024
MSF response to malaria outbreak in Zamfara State, Nigeria

Neglected humanitarian crisis escalates in northwest Nigeria

Press Release 11 Mar 2024
A boat used to transfer hundreds people docks at Bulukat port
South Sudan

Urgent response at transit sites in South Sudan essential to prevent deadly outbreaks

Press Release 22 Feb 2024
Umdawanban hospital OCG
Conflict in Sudan

Addressing myriad medical needs amidst conflict in Sudan

Voices from the Field 15 Feb 2024

We produce important research based on our field experience. So far, we have published articles in over 100 peer-reviewed journals. These articles have often changed clinical practice and have been used for humanitarian advocacy. Read all our Malnutrition-related articles on our dedicated Field Research website.

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Nutrition centres in Maiduguri